January 18, 2012



The FOX Tuesday line-up returned to moderate results.
FOX:  The network won the night, but unimpressively:  GLEE tied the season low it hit during the holiday season, and NEW GIRL was only 0.1 above its own.

CBS:  For whatever reason, the NCIS LA repeat tanked last night, down to a 1.7 that was well below its holiday season reruns.  That brought the UNFORGETTABLE repeat down, and the result was the rare sight (even with an all-repeat slate) of CBS in 4th place for the evening.
ABC:  Comparatively speaking, LAST MAN STANDING was the night’s success story, up half a ratings point from its last original episode in December.  A rerun at 8:30PM did better than almost all the original programming that’s been pumped into that slot this season, then CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP and (less happily) BODY OF PROOF hung steady.
NBC:  Despite the reruns on CBS, BIGGEST LOSER lost 0.1 from last week, and PARENTHOOD tied its season low with a 1.7 for the third week in a row.
CW:  Even by the network’s standards, the 0.3 debut for the new reality show REMODELED is a disaster.  CW will be stunting the show all over its schedule for the next couple of weeks, trying to drum up some interest.  90210, which had been showing signs of life compared to some of the other CW veterans, subsided to a mediocre 0.6.
Only 2 words have any meaning on tonight’s TV line-up:  AMERICAN IDOL.  The show survived its cast changes last season in fine form, so the only question, as ever, will be the size of its victory.  On a much smaller scale, CSI begins the arc of Marg Helgenberger’s departure tonight, which may give that show a boost.

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."