February 20, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem

Some new arrivals didn’t get anyone excited.

NBC: This year’s CELEBRITY APPRENTICE freak-show made its entrance onto the scene, down 0.2 from last year’s premiere despite the boosted lead-in of a Voice repeat. Still, that was enough to win both of its hours.

CBS: The network’s schedule was somewhat disrupted by a golf overrun (which isn’t to be confused with the bonanza of a football overrun), but it appears that THE AMAZING RACE was up a very slight 0.1 from last year’s premiere. The new lead-in had little effect on THE GOOD WIFE, which was around where it’s been in recent weeks (football playoff-boosted numbers excluded), and CSI MIAMI was up slightly.

ABC: The absence of the Grammys helped DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES a bit, but its 2.2 was still a number that wouldn’t have been imagined for the series before this season. And let’s bid a bon voyage to PAN AM and its 1.2 rating–ABC hasn’t officially issued a cancellation so as to preserve its contractual options, but the show has almost certainly taken its final flight.

FOX: Also benefitting from the more typical competition this week, as all its animated shows were up. The only really notable increase, though, was for the much-hyped 500th episode of THE SIMPSONS, a remarkable achievement that was up 0.6 to a still-unremarkable 2.6.

Tonight is yet another critical Monday for NBC, which is praying SMASH stabilizes at last week’s still-good number. The sweeps competition will remain first-run on all the other networks.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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."