August 17, 2012


Football isn’t even back yet, and it’s already a winner.

FOX:  PRESEASON NFL FOOTBALL carried the night with 1.9.

CBS:  Only the 1.1 for a PERSON OF INTEREST rerun kept CBS from the evening crown, as BIG BROTHER did a 2.3, and 8-9PM sitcom reruns were at 2.1-1.9.

ABC:  The lousy 1.2 premiere for TIME MACHINE CHEFS killed the night, which otherwise was up from last week, WIPEOUT by 0.4 to 1.6, and ROOKIE BLUE by 0.2 to 1.3.

NBC:  SAVING HOPE and ROCK CENTER were both up, but it didn’t matter much when they were still at 0.9 and 1.2, respectively.

CW:  So much for OH SIT premiering well, as it toppled to 0.3 on its 2d night.  That tied the low premiere of THE NEXT.

Tonight brings more Preseason NFL Football on FOX, and a TEACHERS ROCK special on CBS, as well as newsmagazines on ABC and NBC.  On cable, BOSS returns for its 2d season on Starz.

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."