January 14, 2013


Ricky who?

NBC:  Separately, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are stars of ratings-challenged (although beloved by fans) sitcoms.  Together, though, they’re a powerhouse hosting duo, and between the two of them, some wild surprises (Argo for Best Drama) and some sheer wildness (Bill Clinton presenting a clip from Lincoln, and of course Jodie Foster’s Lifetime Achievement speech, as passionate as it was nearly incoherent), the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS were up 10-20% (final numbers forthcoming) from last year, in the mid 5s.  Even the RED CARPET ARRIVALS, which aired directly against playoff football, had a healthy 2.5 rating.

CBS:  The night’s first hour was the overrun to the AFC DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME and did a preliminary 10.8, pushing the network’s primetime schedule by more than an hour on the east coast.  Those numbers will have to be sorted out, but at the moment, 60 MINUTES has a 3.7, THE GOOD WIFE a 1.9, and THE MENTALIST a 2.0.

ABC:  For the female-skewing network, the Golden Globes are stronger Kryptonite than NFL playoffs, so the night was hit hard.  ONCE UPON A TIME was down 0.3 to 2.8, and that was the high point.  At 9PM, REVENGE tied its season low 2.0, down 0.4, and more nails were pounded into the coffins of HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B—, which both hit season lows at 1.0 and 0.8.

FOX:  Comparisons with last week, when FOX had the late football playoff leading into its night, are meaningless, and 2 weeks ago, the network aired reruns.  In any case, THE SIMPSONS, BOB’S BURGERS and AMERICAN DAD were all at 2.3-2.4, and only FAMILY GUY broke out with a 3.1.

Everything is new tonight, including the premiere of THE CARRIE DIARIES (which will be instantly rebroadcast at 9PM) on CW, and the all-important 2d episode of DECEPTION on NBC.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."