February 22, 2013


Not the kind of history the major networks like to set.

CW:  Last night may have been the first time a CW series beat not one, but two of the big networks, as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES climbed an impressive 0.3 to 1.3 and NBC and ABC fell.  At 9PM, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was also up a bit, but merely to 0.6.

NBC:  The week’s installment of Fake COMMUNITY fell to a new series low 1.1, with an episode that painfully made use of the old show’s Inspector Spacetime motif.  That may have contributed to the sad 1.4 for the wonderful wedding episode of PARKS & RECREATION, down 0.1 from last week.  An additional Parks episode at 9PM rose slightly to 1.5, but that was considerably below what The Office does in that slot. 1600 PENN hit a new low 1.0, actually beaten by the SVU rerun at 10PM, which made it to 1.1.

ABC:  ZERO HOUR went in the wrong direction, sliding 0.3 from its series premiere to a sure-to-be-canceled 1.1.  That didn’t hurt GREY’S ANATOMY, which rose 0.2 to 3.0 (despite much stronger competition from FOX than usual in the hour).  SCANDAL had a steady 2.7, easily taking the 10PM hour.

CBS:  The very definition of a steady night, as  BIG BANG THEORY,  2 1/2 MEN and PERSON OF INTEREST were each within 0.1 of last week, and ELEMENTARY held even, with Bang down slightly to 5.r, Men up to 3.9, Person down to 2.9 and Elementary at 2.3.

FOX:  A 2-hour AMERICAN IDOL gave FOX a lift with 3.9, up 0.2 from last week’s 1-hour episode, and way up from Glee at 9PM.

Everything is new for the last Friday of February sweeps, aside from CW re-running the flop premiere of CULT in the 9PM slot.

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."