November 18, 2011



The final Thursday of November sweeps wasn’t impressive for anyone.
ABC:  The network had to be disappointed with the 2.5 earned by its 2-hour, much-promoted “intervention” episode of PRIVATE PRACTICE, which was down not only from Grey’s Anatomy numbers but even from Practice‘s 2.8 last week.  (It was, however, a strong episode, especially the first hour written by Shonda Rhimes.)  The Katie Couric/Regis Philbin interview special at 8PM did better than recent episodes of the dead CHARLIE’S ANGELS, but not by much.

FOXX FACTOR continued its slide, with last night’s 3 its lowest Thursday number by a factor of 10%.  That was, however, still good enough for an easy 2d place finish in its hour.  The news was better for BONES, which capitalized on the absence of Grey’s to win at 9PM.  
NBC:  Well, on the plus side COMMUNITY and PARKS AND REC were both up slightly from last week.  But THE OFFICE, despite reduced competition in its hour, tied its season low, and WHITNEY, preparing for its move to Wednesday–where it will have to be a self-starter–hit a new all-time low and went below a 2 for the first time.  The cancelled PRIME SUSPECT played out the string, tying its series low.
CBS:  Even though all its shows except RULES OF ENGAGEMENT were down from last week (and PERSON OF INTEREST and THE MENTALIST both tied their season lows), the network was able to win the night thanks to the absence of Grey’s.  
CW:  As the network’s Thursday is on hiatus until January, it filled in for the night with an obscure aquatic action movie that happened to star VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Paul Wesley.  Even with the temporary and artificial boost of NY and Denver preemptions for the brutal (if you’re a Jets fan) football game, the movie did no better than the CW norm, and that will be reduced later today as national numbers come in.
Tonight the Grimm watch will continue for NBC.

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."