November 21, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The last Sunday of November sweeps wasn’t music to the ears of anyone.
ABC:  The AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS matched its 2010 number–which would be better news if the 2010 rating hadn’t been its lowest ever, down more than 20% from the year before.  However, that’s still far better than the network has been doing with its regular Sunday line-up this season.  We’ll find out next week if the preemption did any damage to ONCE UPON A TIME‘s momentum.

FOX:  With the late NFL game on CBS, THE SIMPSONS took a hit, down 20% from last week.  Although the odious ALLEN GREGORY reached a new low, it actually retained more of the Simpsons audience than it had previously (70% compared to 60% a week earlier).  The 9-10PM hour held steady.
CBS:  The network had the benefit of the late game.  However, CSI MIAMI is becoming an increasing problem, hitting a new season low and falling behind THE GOOD WIFE for the 2d time in 3 weeks.  Next week CBS will experiment with reruns of Person Of Interest in their 2 hours against an inspirational TV-movie on ABC.
NBC:  Football, the Peacock’s favorite sport.  This week’s game was down a bit from recent weeks but still way more than needed for the nightly win.  Next week the network gets the relatively unpromising Pittsburgh at Kansas City match-up, but soon its “flex” schedule will kick in, allowing it to cherry-pick attractive games with playoff implications.
Tonight the TERRA NOVA watch continues at FOX.

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."