April 6, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem

Nobody wanted to watch TV last night.

ABC: The premiere of Shonda Rhimes’ SCANDAL tied PRIVATE PRACTICE‘s 2.1 season low, a very unencouraging start. This followed new series lows for GREY’S ANATOMY and MISSING (2.8 and 1.4, respectively), making for a night of failure.

FOX: AMERICAN IDOL fell to a series low 3.8, but even worse for FOX, TOUCH collapsed all the way to 2.3, putting it in a league with ALCATRAZ and TERRA NOVA as a 1-hour underperformer.

CBS: The news wasn’t much better here. BIG BANG THEORY and THE MENTALIST hit season lows, although both were #1 in their time periods. PERSON OF INTEREST was also down 0.4, but that was still enough to give it the win over a new Grey’s for the 1st time.

NBC: Could things get worse? At NBC, things can always get worse. So much for COMMUNITY‘s brief upsurge, as it plummeted 0.4 from last week to set a new season low. And yet–that was the network’s best number of the night, as ignominious an accomplishment as one can imagine. The rest of the line-up was a one-way ticket to Season Low City, as 30 ROCK hit a 1.2, UP ALL NIGHT a 1.1, and AWAKE a 0.9. A bit of context: this means that the March 29 episode of CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES tied or beat last night’s entire NBC schedule–you know, the one that used to be called “Must-See TV”.

CW: But last night, Vampire and THE SECRET CIRCLE were in repeats, reducing them to a mere 0.4 apiece.

Tonight all the networks feature original regular programming, except for repeats on CW and a rerun SHARK TANK on ABC.

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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."