December 17, 2012



With live coverage of football and President Obama’s address to the families of Newtown, last night’s ratings won’t really be clear until final numbers are released tomorrow.  What follows is a very preliminary account.

CBS:  The SURVIVOR finale had the advantage of a huge (8.5) lead-in from an afternoon NFL overrun, and it’s currently at 3.2, which would be up 0.3 from last Spring (although down a substantial 0.8 from last fall’s finale).  60 MINUTES is currently at a giant 5.0, thanks to football.

ABC:  The BACHELORETTE WEDDING SPECIAL was a disaster, with a 0.9 that didn’t even hold the 1.2 lead-in it got from a WIPEOUT repeat.

FOX:  The night’s original episodes of Family Guy and American Dad were pulled for repeats due to content concerns in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.  Currently, THE CLEVELAND SHOW is at 1.4, THE SIMPSONS is at 1.9, and BOB’S BURGERS is at 1.2, all down from last week (hugely so in the case of Simpsons, which had the NFL overrun lead-in last week).  The repeats both scored 1.5s.

NBC:  SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL won the night, as usual.

NBC will stunt its new sitcom 1600 PENN tonight by running the pilot after the first part of THE VOICE‘s cycle finale.  Whatever number that may give the comedy, two words to remember are:  Animal Kingdom.  The finale of TAKE IT ALL follows.  CBS has a 1-hour HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, ABC continues its run of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, FOX airs holiday specials, and on CW, one of the network’s signature shows comes to an end, as GOSSIP GIRL files her last blog post.  XOXO, everyone.

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."