November 16, 2012


CBS dominates, without a singing competition to be seen.

CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY, 2 1/2 MEN and PERSON OF INTEREST all had their best outings of the season.  Big Bang was particularly impressive, up 0.4 to a huge 5.5 that almost equaled the 4 other networks combined.  Men was up just a tick to 4.1, and Person went up 0.2 to 3.1, tying ABC for the 9PM lead.  ELEMENTARY didn’t share in the season-record fun, although it did win its hour and climb by 0.1 to 2.3.

ABC:  LAST RESORT tied its season low 1.3, as it waits to find out whether it will join the ranks of low-rated shows with a back-order.  GREY’S ANATOMY was just slightly above its season low, down 0.2 to 3.1.  SCANDAL, though, was up 0.2 to tie its season-high 2.1.

NBC:  With no special episode of The Voice to buoy the rest of the line-up, it was another ugly night.  30 ROCK was at a 1.2 for the 3rd time this season, and the single-camera version of UP ALL NIGHT was barely better with 1.3.  THE OFFICE was down 0.4 from last week to 2.0.  PARKS & RECREATION managed to hold at 1.7, and ROCK CENTER was actually up slightly, all the way to 1.1.

FOX:  The absence of Voice competition didn’t do much for X FACTOR, just barely up from last week to 2.4.  GLEE, despite a hyped “Grease” episode, fell to a new low 2.1.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was off 0.3 from last week to 1.2, and the newly back-ordered BEAUTY & THE BEAST fell to 0.6, getting little mileage from its lead-in.

Tonight is mostly new episodes of the regular line-ups, but with a few tweaks.  CBS preempts Blue Bloods for a Whitney Houston tribute concert, and CW airs back-to-back cycle finale episodes of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.  NBC is also promoting tonight’s GRIMM as the “fall finale,” although it’s not clear when the next new episode will be airing.

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."