June 4, 2012





This morning, every singing competition series tried to sign Adele.

NBC:  ADELE LIVE IN LONDON did (for summer) a very solid 1.7, winning its hour and beating ABC’s season premiere of Secret Millionaire.  The MISS USA PAGEANT handed NBC the night with a 1.8, although that was down a significant 0.4 from last year’s installment.

ABC:  SECRET MILLIONAIRE had an unimpressive 1.5 start, and the season premiere of EXTREME MAKEOVER WEIGHT LOSS EDITION was no higher (Makeover was well below last year’s season premiere, but that was on a different day and time and during the regular season, so comparisons aren’t apples to apples).

FOX:  Animation reruns, highlighted by FAMILY GUY‘s 1.8 (enough to tie for the win in its timeslot) and AMERICAN DAD‘s 1.5.

CBS:  60 MINUTES won the 7PM hour with 1.4, then it was straight downhill, as none of the night’s reruns could even reach a 1.0 rating

Tonight, HELL’S KITCHEN and MASTER CHEF make their season debuts on FOX, against a new BACHELORETTE on ABC and AMERICA’S GOT TALENT/AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR on NBC.

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."