December 30, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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More repeats:  CBS could do this all season.
CBS:  A sparkling 2.0 average, spearheaded by BIG BANG THEORY‘s 2.8–a number so good that if it were earned by a new episode on any other network, it would be enough to get that show renewed.

ABC:  At least they aired HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN to break up the monotony.  Its 1.1 was better than the 0.9 average for 2 hours of the serialized GREY’S ANATOMY.
FOX:  2 hours of BONES yielded a 1.1.
NBC:  Apart from a 1.1 for the 9PM OFFICE, nothing cracked a 0.8.
CW:  0.3 for 2 hours.
Tonight, in its race to get CHUCK the hell off its air, NBC will actually air a new episode, the first original scripted show we’ve seen since… well, since NBC burned off another Chuck and a PRIME SUSPECT last week.  DATELINE will also be new (but GRIMM in between them is a repeat).
For all the numbers, see Mitch Metcalf’s ratings report

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."