January 28, 2013


Even the one football game no one cares about can score well enough to win the night.

NBC:  The PRO BOWL, a game so uninteresting that there’s been recurring discussion about ending it altogether, had a 3.3 in preliminary numbers (down around 10% from last year), but that was sufficient for NBC’s last Sunday win on the gridiron until next fall.

CBS:  Pre-Super Bowl Sunday slumped badly, as the network plugged its 8PM hole (while Amazing Race is on hiatus) with a 1.0 NCIS rerun, which did no good at all for THE MENTALIST (1.8, down 0.3) or THE GOOD WIFE (an all-time series low 1.5, down 0.4).

FOX:  No domination by the animation slate last night, with THE SIMPSONS looking best by holding steady at 2.4.  Everything else was down:  BOB’S BURGERS by 0.3 to 2.0, FAMILY GUY by 0.4 to 2.8, and AMERICAN DAD by 0.3 to 2.1.

ABC:  This is what the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME has come to:  ABC wouldn’t even give its new entry a fresh ONCE UPON A TIME as lead-in, and the rerun it scheduled instead provided just a 0.9 platform for the movie’s dreadful 1.1.

Tonight’s big ratings event will be the second episode of THE FOLLOWING on FOX.  CBS is all-rerun, as is CASTLE on ABC, with new product on the other networks.  On cable, TNT begins the new season of its DALLAS revamp, which could get a jump-start due to Larry Hagman’s death, since he will continue to be featured in several episodes of the series that were shot while he was alive.


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."