September 14, 2012


FOX won the night, but has to be a little nervous.

FOX:  The competition on Thursdays hasn’t even begun, with regular season programming still 2 weeks away, but at 3.2, THE X FACTOR couldn’t even hold onto its Wednesday number (which faced The Voice for an hour), let alone last year’s 4.3 Thursday premiere.  GLEE was OK at 3.3, up 0.4 from the season finale.

NBC:  As Mitch Metcalf noted this morning, what was supposed to be a triumphant summer for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT with the much-ballyhooed addition of Howard Stern was ignominious instead, with a 2.4 season finale that was down 33% from last season’s.  ROCK CENTER had a surprisingly good outing with 1.4 at 10PM, but that number won’t get the network anywhere once the real season begins.

CBS:  Facing serious competition on FOX and NBC, BIG BROTHER fell 0.3 to 2.0.  The rest of the night was reruns, marked by 1.9 for BIG BANG THEORY.

ABC:  A 1.1 for WIPEOUT was the best the network could do.

CW:  A new episode of THE NEXT pulled only a 0.2.

Tonight, SHARK TANK makes its season debut on ABC, but the night’s weirdest piece of programming is the season premiere of TOUCH on FOX, which is airing even though next week a rerun of BONES is scheduled for the timeslot.  That means even a good number won’t build any momentum for Touch.  An episode the network wanted to dump?

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."