February 11, 2013


The Grammys were big–but not as big as last year’s.

CBS:  The 2013 GRAMMY AWARDS had a 10.1 rating, completely dominating the night.  However, that was steeply down from last year’s 14.1 (which may have been partly the result of Whitney Houston’s sudden death before the ceremony).

ABC:  It’s not clear why ABC chose to air new programming against the Grammys, and the gamble certainly didn’t work out for them.  Both ONCE UPON A TIME and REVENGE hit new all-time lows of 2.2 and 1.4 at a time when neither series has been in its ratings stride.  The reality show REVENGE FOR REAL, filler until Red Widow fills the 10PM slot next month, had a lousy 0.8.

FOX:  With the exception of THE CLEVELAND SHOW (up 0.1 to 1.3), which aired before the Grammys started, everything was down:  THE SIMPSONS by 0.2 to 2.1, BOB’S BURGERS by 0.2 to 1.8, FAMILY GUY by 0.5 to 2.4, and AMERICAN DAD by 0.2 to 2.0.

NBC:  Probably wisely, NBC stuck with reruns, which did badly but at least didn’t waste original content:  last week’s BETTY WHITE 2ND ANNUAL 90TH BIRTHDAY SPECIAL at 0.6, and SNL IN THE 80s at 0.8.

Tonight, all the networks have fresh episodes of their regular programming.


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."