May 4, 2012



Big Bang makes one.
CBS:  THE BIG BANG THEORY roared back from last week’s decline, up half a ratings point for its best number since March, and zooming past American Idol as the highest-rated show of the night.  That pushed RULES OF ENGAGEMENT up a couple of ricks as well.  The rest of the network’s schedule, though, only recaptured part of its recent losses.  PERSON OF INTEREST, while slightly up to 2.5 from last week’s series low, was still down half a ratings point or more from where it was just a few weeks ago, and THE MENTALIST, at 2.4, was also below its March numbers.

NBC:  COMMUNITY has been within the same 1.2-1.4 range for the past month (last night at the upper end), so that’s where it’ll live or die when the network makes its renewal decisions.  30 ROCK was down a bit from last week’s hyped live episode, even with Community‘s 1.4.  THE OFFICE and PARKS & RECREATION were both slightly up, to a respective 2.3 and 1.7, but AWAKE will soon be put to sleep with a new low 0.7.
ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY has been very steady the past few weeks at 3.2-3.3, and despite the show’s age, that’s still a hit number for a drama these days.  SCANDAL, which has been more interestingly melodramatic the last couple of episodes, is also a steady performer, and while its 2.0-2.1 is at the low end of what Private Practice had been doing in the slot, it’s around the same level as recent episodes of Revenge, and could be enough for a renewal.  MISSING, though, is DOA with a new low 1.1.
FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL is currently tying its series low 3.9, while TOUCH was slightly up at 2.1 (although as Mitch Metcalf notes, that number may come down).
CW:  The newly-renewed VAMPIRE DIARIES was even at 1.1, and THE SECRET CIRCLE remained a bubble show, up slightly to 0.6.
Original episodes abound tonight, including Part 1 of FRINGE‘s 2-part season finale–universes hang in the balance, but the show doesn’t, now that we know it’s been renewed for a final season.  On cable, USA bids adieu to IN PLAIN SIGHT.

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."