January 30, 2013


The Tuesday sitcom picture has changed.

FOX:  It wasn’t so long ago, back in the days when The Voice was still leading off the night for NBC, that New Girl struggled mightily just to keep up with Go On.  Last night’s major-event episode, though, more than doubled Go On‘s number, with a robust 2.5 (up 0.3 from last week) that was higher than the comedy competition on NBC and ABC combined.  THE MINDY PROJECT, although still lagging with 1.7 (up 0.2), was also the easy comedy winner at 9:30PM.  With Ben and Kate off the schedule, the 8PM hour was filled by back-to-back episodes of RAISING HOPE at 1.7/1.5–the first half-hour was down 0.2 from last week, but the 8:30PM episode was up 0.3 from Ben and Kate.

NBC:  The bottom has fallen out of NBC’s non-Voice Tuesdays.  GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL both hit new series lows of 1.2 and 1.1, way behind FOX and even behind ABC in the 9:30PM slot.  As the network waits for the return of Smash next week, a special DATELINE had a 1.3, roughly half a ratings point behind what Parenthood was doing in that hour.  The night began with two more episodes of OFF THEIR ROCKERS, which were embarrassingly the network’s highest rated shows of the night at 1.4/1.5, down 0.2/0.3 from last week.

ABC:  Audiences don’t seem to have a taste for THE TASTE, which slumped by half a point to 1.6 with its second episode, only able to beat NBC for the hour.  The yanking of Don’t Trust the B— didn’t do much for the 9PM hour, with a pair of HAPPY ENDINGS episodes at 1.2/1.3, which was down slightly from Happy‘s last 9PM airing 2 weeks ago, and up 0.2 from The B—‘s last episode.  ABC filled in the 10PM hour (Body of Proof will take over there after the State of the Union Address blocks a Tuesday in a couple of weeks) with a rerun of the Matt Damon episode of JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE–its 3rd place 1.2 was unimpressive, but not terrible for a rerun of a late-night show from last week.

CBS:  After all the smoke from the comedy crossfire on the other networks cleared, CBS was the night’s dominant winner, winning every hour.  An 0.2 drop for NCIS barely dented it to 3.7, while NCIS LA was up 0.4 to 3.1, and with no scripted competition, VEGAS was up 0.3 to 1.9.

CW:  HART OF DIXIE fell 0.1 to 0.5, putting it only slightly ahead of the 0.4 for the canceled EMILY OWENS MD.

Tonight’s major event is the premiere of THE AMERICANS on FX.  On the network side, NBC, FOX and CW have new episodes, while only THE NEIGHBORS and SUBURGATORY are fresh on ABC, and CBS airs the annual SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS special at 8PM before reruns.

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."