December 3, 2012


ABC’s Fall Finale Sunday was a moderate success.

ABC:  ONCE UPON A TIME could only hold even at 3.1 for its last episode of 2012.  REVENGE climbed 0.2 to 2.4, but that didn’t put it far above last week’s season low.  For what it matters, 666 PARK AVENUE was also up 0.2 to a still-tepid 1.4.

FOX:  The network rested its anchor cartoons THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY with twin 1.9 reruns, so not surprisingly the satellite shows were down a bit:  BOB’S BURGERS by 0.2 to 1.8, and AMERICAN DAD by 0.1 to 2.0.

CBS:  The Eye had the late football game last night, sliding its primetime schedule.  Preliminary numbers have 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, THE GOOD WIFE (which finally jettisoned its “Kalinda’s ex” storyline) and THE MENTALIST up a few tenths from last week, but the numbers may shift when they become final.

NBC:  Another month of Sunday night dominance for NBC before SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ends for the season.  Last night’s preliminary Dallas/Philadelphia 6.6 was about even with last week’s preliminary (and as with last week, will rise in the final numbers).

Tonight’s line-ups are mostly new episodes of regular series, with a couple of exceptions:  ABC continues to air EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION in the absence of Dancing With the Stars and its dating shows, and NBC has a Blake Shelton Christmas special at 10PM.

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."