October 31, 2012



An extra hour of THE VOICE pulverized much of the competition.

NBC:  THE VOICE, extended for an extra Tuesday hour, dominated the night with 4.6 (up 0.3 from last week’s 1-hour episode) and provided a huge lead-in for the network’s Hurricane Sandy news special at 10PM, which easily won its hour at 2.9.

FOX:  The early sitcoms held even, with RAISING HOPE and BEN AND KATE at 1.7/1.4 respectively.  But with the extra competition at 9PM, NEW GIRL was down 0.4 to 2.3, and THE MINDY PROJECT (which didn’t air last week) hit a new low at 1.5.

ABC:  An ugly night.  The DANCING WITH THE STARS results show was down 0.4 to 1.9, then HAPPY ENDINGS fell 0.4 to 1.4, and DON’T TRUST THE B– took a swan-dive , down half a ratings point to 1.2.  With that lead-in, a special 10PM storm-related 20/20 was nowhere near NBC’s at 1.3.

CBS:  Conversely, CBS was least affected by the competition.  NCIS was up a little to 3.4, and NCIS LA held even at 2.8.  Even lowly VEGAS rebounded slightly to 1.7.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE was up to a good (for CW) 0.6.  But that didn’t help EMILY OWENS MD, still mired at 0.3.

Everything is new tonight (including what was initially supposed to be an X FACTOR rerun, and NBC’s one-time run of a new 30 ROCK at 8PM), aside from a special airing of IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN for obvious reasons on ABC at 8PM.

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."