November 2, 2012


November sweeps didn’t begin very tunefully.

FOX:  With music-themed competition on 2 other networks, THE X FACTOR slumped to 2.3, its season low and no better than last week’s out-of-time-period semi-repeat on Tuesday.

ABC:  The CMA AWARDS won the night with 3.8, but that was down a whopping full rating point from last year’s 4.8, setting a new low for the telecast.

NBC:  A repeat of Monday’s THE VOICE only scored a 1.3, although that’s not tremendously lower than the network has been doing with original sitcoms on the night.  The change in lead-in seemed to help ROCK CENTER, giving that show a season high 1.3.

CBS:  Currently, THE BIG BANG THEORY is registering a season high 5.1, however the network’s San Diego affiliate carried the NFL Network feed for the Chargers/Chiefs game, so that number may be slightly inflated.  2 1/2 MEN was down a tick to 3.6, while PERSON OF INTEREST was up the same tick to 3.0. ELEMENTARY had an 0.2 bump to 2.4, but that may be because it was the sole scripted show in the hour last night.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES scored a very impressive 1.5 last night.  This, however, made BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the next hour look even more pallid when it held even at 0.6.

Tonight features an all-star telethon for Sandy relief, but unlike previous such benefits, this one will air on NBC and its affiliated networks only.  (The cynical might note that it happens to be displacing only a Revolution rerun, unlike the original programming on the other networks.)  ABC finally premieres its last original series of the fall, Reba McIntire’s MALIBU COUNTRY, along with the season premiere of LAST MAN STANDING, displacing SHARK TANK to its new 9PM slot.  On CBS, UNDERCOVER BOSS has its season premiere at 8PM.  All the other networks feature fresh sweeps programming as well.

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."