November 14, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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Sunday… when NBC can close its eyes and pretend it has a functioning schedule.
ABCONCE UPON A TIME is a bona fide, self-starting hit, with another 3.8 that more than doubled its lead-in (and also more than doubled the similarly-themed Grimm on Fridays).  This may have helped DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and PAN AM a bit, since were both were slightly up.  However, those 2 shows won’t be airing again for 3 weeks (preempted by the American Music Awards and a Mitch Albom TV movie), and that’s always dangerous.  The promos for the next Pan Am are already putting into play the old “The Episode That Will Change Everything” gambit for December 4, in the hope of garnering some interest.  (On a somewhat related note, anyone with access to Showtime should be watching HOMELAND, whether in its initial Sunday 10PM run or otherwise, because it’s the best drama on television right now.)

FOXALLEN GREGORY has been consistent but unimpressive, the lowest rated show on FOX’s animation line-up.  (Bob’s Burgers, which had a similar Sunday trial run last year and was renewed,  averaged 20% better than Allen Gregory.)
CBS:  After last week’s blip, CSI MIAMI is back to doing slightly better than THE GOOD WIFE, but neither is very strong.  On Thanksgiving weekend, the network will experiment with reruns of Person of Interest in the 9-11PM hours, and that may (or may not) be a foretelling of changes to come.
NBC:  New England vs the Jets is a marquee match-up, but the game turned into a blow-out and the week’s number was down from the past 2 weeks.  Next Sunday the network gets Philadelphia vs. the Giants, another strong pairing.  The clock is starting to tick toward the end of football season, though…
Tonight’s number to watch is TERRA NOVA, which has yet to recover from its baseball preemptions.  

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."