January 6, 2012



Most of the other networks yielded the floor to ABC for the night.
ABC:  GREY’S ANATOMY hadn’t aired a new episode, remarkably enough, since November 10, and viewers were thrilled to have it back, providing the show with a season-high 4.5.  PRIVATE PRACTICE, gone since November 17, was just below its season-high at 2.7.  WIPEOUT‘s 2.8 was far below last year’s 3.8 season premiere, but good enough for 2d place in its hour.

CW:  THE VAMPIRE DIARIES was also new for the first time since early November, and returned in form with a terrific (for its network) 1.4.  THE SECRET CIRCLE was also in form, but that meant a 0.8, still above just about every other CW series.
CBS:  Champions of the reruns (of course), with a win at 8PM for the repeat BIG BANG THEORY, and 2d place showings the rest of the night.
FOX:  Decent 1.1-1.2 for 2 hours of BONES repeats.
NBC:  Apart from a 1.1 for the 9PM OFFICE repeat, nothing topped a 0.9.
Tonight, despite the Cotton Bowl on FOX, the other networks air all-new programming with the exception of a repeat GRIMM on 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."