January 11, 2013


Scandal takes the next step.

ABC:  Over the past few weeks, SCANDAL has been rocketing into a Season 2 hit, and with last night’s typically deliriously nutty hour (good coup d’etat vs bad coup d’etat!), it zoomed to a new high, up 0.4 to 2.8.  That gave it a dominant win for the hour, and put it a mere 0.3 behind GREY’S ANATOMY.  Grey’s, for its part, was up 0.2 to 3.1.  Of course, ABC still has its 8PM problem on Thursdays, and the night began with a burned-off LAST RESORT that only scored a 1.2 (although that was up 0.2 from the last one).

NBC:  1600 PENN was only passable in its series debut, with a 1.6 that lost 25% of its THE OFFICE lead-in’s 2.2.  If it falls from there–and given its painful quality, it should–it’ll be yet another comedy miss for the network.  At 8PM, 30 ROCK showed a tiny bit of strength as it heads for the exit with a 1.4 that was up 0.3, tied by the 8:30PM rerun of 1600‘s pilot.  ROCK CENTER was up a tick to 1.1.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY, incredibly, hit yet another all-time high, up 0.2 to a football-level 6.3 even though last week it only had to face reruns on the other networks.  (The arrival of American Idol next week will probably calm it down a bit.)  2 1/2 MEN held on to a sturdy 4.2 of that, although it was down 0.3 from last week.  PERSON OF INTEREST was down slightly to 3.3, still enough to win the hour, while ELEMENTARY, facing a sudden powerhouse at ABC, was down 0.2 to 2.4.

FOX:  The network suffered through its last Thursday of the season without either X Factor or Idol with a 1.2 for MOBBED, up a tick from last week.

CW:  The CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS did a 0.6, which doesn’t sound like much, but isn’t a bad number for that meaningless awards show.

Tonight is mostly new episodes of regular programming (CW is still in reruns), including the penultimate episode of FRINGE.  Cinemax premieres its latest original series BANSHEE, co-created by True Blood‘s Alan Ball.

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."