January 16, 2013


No major movements on the night as we await some finales and arrivals over the next few weeks.

NBC:  PARENTHOOD, the Rodney Dangerfield of network television, won its hour with a steady 1.9, and was the network’s highest rated show of the night.  (Even though it’s getting a bit contrived as it heads toward next week’s season finale and the need for some closure on its open-ended stories.)  Earlier, GO ON was up 0.2 to 1.7, still only enough for 3rd place in its timeslot, and THE NEW NORMAL was even with a third place 1.3.  Two episodes of OFF THEIR ROCKERS were at 1.4/1.8, down 0.2/0.1 from last week.

FOX:  All the 8-9:30PM sitcoms were down a tick, with RAISING HOPE at 1.6, BEN AND KATE at 1.1, and an atypically gimmicky, overambitious NEW GIRL (sort of New Girl meets Luck, complete with Dennis Farina) at 1.9.  THE MINDY PROJECT, which somewhat confusingly aired an episode stockpiled from the fall (so Anna Camp, no longer a regular, was prominently featured) was even at 1.5.

ABC:  The MODERN FAMILY rerun at 8PM outrated everything else on the night with 1.8.  HAPPY ENDINGS was down slightly to 1.3, and DON’T TRUST THE B– was steady at 1.1, then the next-to-last PRIVATE PRACTICE, despite featuring the triplet births that were the big event of the final season, was just marginally up at 1.2.

CBS:  NCIS dominated 8PM with a 3.8, up 0.3 from last week, but NCIS LA was down by the same amount to 2.7 (still an easy winner at 9PM).  VEGAS fell to a steady 1.6 and 2d place at 10PM (although as usual its older total viewer number was more than NBC and ABC combined).

CW:  HART OF DIXIE‘s first episode of 2013 tied its last episode of 2012 at 0.6.  EMILY OWENS MD, still burning off, was also even at 0.3.

Tonight is one of the key evenings of the TV season, as AMERICAN IDOL makes its season debut and FOX prays that the reported Mariah Carey/Micki Minaj feud sparks viewers to come back–or at least stop leaving.  Possibly in deference to Idol, NBC is airing a night of reruns, and CBS has an NCIS rerun at 8PM.  Everything else is new.

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."