December 5, 2012


Lingerie beats larynxes.

CBS:  The VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, while down almost a ratings point from last year’s installment, still scored as the highest-rated show of the night (doubling recent numbers for Vegas in the hour), its rating more than those of ABC and NBC combined.  Earlier in the evening, the 48-year old RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER was also considerably down at 2.9, but outrated ABC and FOX in the hour.  An NCIS rerun between the 2 specials had a 2.0

NBC:  THE VOICE tends to decline as it nears its cycle finale, and last night’s 3.4 was down 0.4 from the previous week.  Despite that, and probably due to the rerun on CBS, GO ON held even at 2.5 and notched one of its most convincing wins over New Girl in their shared half-hour.  THE NEW NORMAL also held at 1.7, a strong 0.4 over The Mindy Project.  PARENTHOOD lost a step with the increased competition from CBS and dropped slightly to 1.7.

FOX:  Just a lousy night all around.  RAISING HOPE and BEN AND KATE were down 0.4 and 0.3 to 1.4 and 1.1, respectively, and then NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT fell 0.3 and 0.2 to 2.0 and 1.3.  Those were all at or near season lows.

ABC:  SHARK TANK‘s 1.7 was near what the Dancing With the Stars results show had been doing at 8PM.  Too little, too late, but both HAPPY ENDINGS and DON’T TRUST THE B– were up, by 0.2 and 0.3 to 1.3 and 1.2.  PRIVATE PRACTICE, nearing the end of its run, rose 0.3 to 1.2.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE was up a bit to a decent 0.6, and the now-dead EMILY OWENS MD was also up to 0.4.

Tonight’s event is the GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT SPECIAL on CBS.  Apart from that, everything is new on the broadcast networks except that ABC is resting MODERN FAMILY for the night.

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."