November 21, 2012



The networks aren’t enjoying the holiday week.

NBC:  THE VOICE followed its worst Monday of the season with its worst Tuesday (other than an Oct 2 clip show), down 0.6 to a 3.3 that had CBS right on its heels.  GO ON held even at 2.2, winning the 9PM sitcom battle (although the race tends to get closer when final numbers are in), but THE NEW NORMAL hit a new low 1.6.  A notably wrenching episode of PARENTHOOD tied its season low (from that same Oct. 2) at 1.6.

FOX:  The 4-sitcom night ran straight into a ditch last night.  RAISING HOPE, BEN AND KATE, NEW GIRL  and THE MINDY PROJECT were all at series lows (for Ben and Kate it was a tie), with a 1.5/1.1/2.0/1.3 evening that had FOX in 3d or 4th place across the board.

ABC:  The DANCING WITH THE STARS results show was even at 1.9.  The 9PM hour was ugly, as both HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B– hit new lows of 1.2 and a dreadful 0.9, respectively. PRIVATE PRACTICE was meaninglessly up from 1.1 to 1.2.

CBS:  The network’s audience may be aging, but it’s loyal.  NCIS was just barely down at 3.0, then NCIS LA tied last week’s 2.8, and VEGAS was the night’s success story (such as it was), winning the 10PM hour with a 1.8.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE fell to its typical 0.5 after last week’s bump, while EMILY OWENS MD looked less pathetic than it had been, holding at 0.4.

Although tonight marks the end of November sweeps (won by NBC, thanks to its deal with the devel The Voice), viewership is down on the night before Thanksgiving, and ABC and CW are bowing out for the evening.  ABC starts, appropriately enough, with A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING, then an hour of reruns and a “special episode” (i.e., burn-off) of the dead show walking Private Practice.  CW airs the Thanksgiving-themed comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles.


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."