November 28, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem


With Thanksgiving over, we’re in the mix of original episodes, specials and reruns that mark December.
ABC: ONCE UPON A TIME weathered its first preemption last week pretty well, falling a bit but still very comfortable with a 3.4 that was the highest scripted number of the night. After that, though, things fell off a cliff with the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, a disastrous 1.1 (and not even impressive with the older audience, coming in behind NBC and CBS in total viewers).

FOX: A bad night for Animation Domination. Season lows across the board, and ALLEN GREGORY lost 40% of the SIMPSONS audience, almost surely sealing its fate.
CBS: Due to almost an hour of football overrun–Tebowmonium!– which benefited 60 MINUTES, and with atypically low competition on ABC, it’s hard to gauge the 9-11PM PERSON OF INTEREST experiment. However, even with a repeat at 10PM it was only 0.4 below what new episodes of CSI MIAMI have been doing in that slot, so a move there at least seems promising.
NBC: Not very many more weeks of Sunday football are left to keep NBC from looking less pathetic than it is. Last night’s match-up of Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City was a bit below par, but its number will still triple almost everything else on the network’s schedule for the week.
Tonight: can TERRA NOVA benefit from CBS airing reruns of its sitcoms 8-9PM?
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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."