July 20, 2012


A rerun has the highest score of the night.

ABC:  DUETS had an ignominious exit with a series low 0.9. WIPEOUT was down 0.2 from last week to 1.6, but ROOKIE BLUE won its hour with 1.4, up from last week.

CBS:  Reruns of THE BIG BANG THEORY are a ratings powerhouse, cleaning up on cable every night and handing CBS the victory last night with a 2.4.  As a preview of what the 8PM hour on the network will look like in the fall, a rerun 2 1/2 MEN held the Big Bang number very well with 2.1.  BIG BROTHER won its hour with 2.2, but that was down 0.4 from last week.  A PERSON OF INTEREST rerun closed out the night with 1.0.

FOX:  TAKE ME OUT had a quiet 1.2, followed by NEW GIRL reruns at 1.0.

NBC:  SAVING HOPE continued to flatline with 0.5, and ROCK CENTER was way down from last week to 0.7.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.2.

Tonight is the usual Friday summer wasteland, with DATELINE and 20/20 the only new programming, almost certainly both featuring the terrible Colorado movie theatre shootings as their centerpiece.


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."