February 1, 2012



Some things are eternal, and Michael Jackson appears to be one of them.
FOX:  GLEE‘s Michael Jackson episode propelled the show to a 3.6, its best rating in months.  The strong lead-in didn’t help the network’s sit-coms much, though:  NEW GIRL was only up 0.1 for the night, and RAISING HOPE fell to match its season low.

CW:  RINGER, returning from a hiatus that seemed almost as long as Mad Men‘s, didn’t find absence making audience hearts grow much fonder, with the same 0.6 it had on November 29, which was down slightly from its 90210 lead-in.
NBC:  BIGGEST LOSER was even with last week, but that wasn’t good news, as it was close to a season low.  Repeats of the serialized PARENTHOOD are always ugly, and last night’s 0.7 was no exception.
ABC:  LAST MAN STANDING and BODY OF PROOF were at their usual unimpressive repeat levels, and the season finale of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP couldn’t leave town fast enough (The River takes its slot next week), setting a season low.
CBS:  All repeats, with 3d place finishes for both NCIS shows, but a win for UNFORGETTABLE in the battle of the reruns at 10PM.
Tonight is the last night before February sweeps, so ABC is all repeats, while the only new show on CBS is this year’s installment of Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials, while NBC will have fresh episodes of its woeful Whitney/Chelsea duo.  FOX will hope to take advantage of the reduced competition with bigger numbers for American Idol, before its declining ratings becomes even more of a story than they already are.  

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."