December 14, 2012


Another Thursday where football simulcasts could affect ratings on 2 networks.  For now, at least, Scandal is having a moment.

ABC:  The midseason finale of SCANDAL, pre-football adjustment in Philadelphia, is at what would be a new series high 2.7, its third high-scoring week in a row.  (Even after any revision, the show will easily have won the 10PM hour.)  That followed a 3.1 for GREY’S ANATOMY, up slightly (currently) from last week.  The night began with a flat 1.2 for the canceled LAST RESORT.

 CBS:   The Cincinnati side of the NFL simulcast was on CBS, so its numbers may also need adjustment.  For now, everything is up 0.1-0.2 from last week:  THE BIG BANG THEORY to 5.4, 2 1/2 MEN to 4.2, PERSON OF INTEREST to 3.0, and ELEMENTARY to 2.3.

NBC:  An all-new but atypical line-up gave NBC a pathetic 1.0 average for what used to be the highest-rated night on all of television.  An hour of UP ALL NIGHT episodes (presumably burning off the last of the series’ single-camera episodes before it returns as a multi-camera in the spring) did a series-low 0.9 followed by a 1.1.  TAKE IT ALL, again barely breathing without a Voice lead-in, had a 1.2, up a tick from Wednesday.  ROCK CENTER was down a tick to 0.9.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR was down slightly from last week at 2.4.  The holiday episode of GLEE fell to 2.0, down 0.2 from last week.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ midseason finale held steady at 1.2, and BEAUTY & THE BEAST was up slightly to 0.6.

The only new series programming tonight consists of FRINGE on FOX and the LAST MAN STANDING/MALIBU COUNTRY hour on ABC.  Everything else is a rerun, a holiday special, or both.


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."