October 3, 2012


It’s awfully early in the season for such a lousy night.

NBC:  The network was in a big hurry yesterday to announce full-season orders for GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL, and both shows responded by hitting new lows (the spin will be that they followed an unusually low clip show version of The Voice, down more than a point from last week at 2.9). Go On was down half a point from last week to 2.2, barely above anemic ABC.  Meanwhile New Normal slumped to 1.7, which even for NBC isn’t good news.  PARENTHOOD managed to hold its own, down only 0.1 to 1.7.

FOX:  The season premiere of RAISING HOPE could only manage a 1.7 at 8PM, even with the subpar competition on NBC.  Given that number, BEN & KATE couldn’t really be blamed for hitting a 1.6, retaining almost all of its lead-in.  NEW GIRL did its part, even with last week at 2.8 and not that far out of 1st place for its half-hour.  THE MINDY PROJECT, though, was tremendously disappointing at 9:30PM, dropping almost a full rating point from its lead-in to 1.9.

CBS:  Even the mighty Eye was blinking last night.  The network won every hour, but NCIS was down half a point from last week (again, despite The Voice airing a clip show) to 3.6, and NCIS LA dropped 0.3 to 3.1.  VEGAS slumped 0.4 to 2.1, no one’s idea of a hit.  (This being CBS, however, all 3 shows wiped the floor with the other networks in the older-skewing total households measure.)

ABC:  After a 4th place 1.3 DANCING WITH THE STARS clip show, a new Dancing episode tied last week’s 2.1.  PRIVATE PRACTICE fell 0.3 to 1.6.

CW:  In the CW context, HART OF DIXIE had a solid season premiere at 0.7, followed by 0.3 for THE NEXT.

Tonight’s schedules are mostly preempted by the first PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE.  In the 8PM hour, all the networks have new programming, including the 2nd episode (and regular time slot premiere) of THE NEIGHBORS on ABC.  At 9PM, CW has the season premiere of SUPERNATURAL.

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."