September 2, 2013



It was a slooooooooow Sunday on network TV.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER claimed the highest number of the night on any network, but its 1.8 was down a discouraging 0.7 from last week.  UNFORGETTABLE hit a new low 1.0, down 0.1.

NBC:  On its last Sunday before the return of regular-season football, the network could only manage a 0.9 for TV’S FUNNIEST OF THE FUNNIEST.

ABC:  Do the MDA people still have Jerry Lewis’s phone number?  Because the 2-hour version of his classic Labor Day telethon, called MDA’S SHOW OF STRENGTH, showed absolutely none with a wretched 0.2.  That was enough to make the 0.8 for its lead-in SECRET MILLIONAIRE look like a blockbuster, even down 0.2 from last week.

FOX:  As usual, animated reruns held up pretty well, with 1.1s for a pair of FAMILY GUYs.

Tonight’s NBC AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR runs 2 hours; apart from that it’s the usual summer Monday on the networks.

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."