August 31, 2012


The Republican miniseries ends.  Also, last night’s preliminary numbers are more preliminary than usual, because preseason NFL football made for lots of local preemptions.

NBC:  An odd evening.  Again, numbers may be skewed by local football, but it appears that facing original scripted competition for the first time all summer was a good thing for SAVING HOPE, which climbed 0.3 last night to 1.1.  On the other hand, after leading network coverage of the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION all week, last night Romney fans (and fans of empty chairs) decided to go elsewhere, as the Peacock’s number slumped to last place for the hour with 0.8.

ABC:  WIPEOUT and ROOKIE BLUE were both significantly up from last week (0.3 and 0.5 respectively), and Convention coverage was also up to 1.0, so the Alphabet’s numbers seem likely to come down when football adjustments are made later in the day.

CBS:  The night’s winner, with sitcom reruns and BIG BROTHER all at robust numbers over a 2, before Convention coverage put people to sleep at 1.0.

FOX:  Reruns, nothing over 1.2.

CW:  A repeat VAMPIRE DIARIES and new THE NEXT were both at 0.5.

New episodes of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and 20/20 are the only shows keeping tonight from being an all-network festival of reruns.

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."