February 22, 2012



GLEE looks at a shark and considers taking a jump.
FOX:  Despite perhaps the most melodramatic midseason finale of any “comedy’ in TV history (a suicide attempt, an as-yet unexplained pregnancy, and a dead-or-not-dead? cliffhanger), GLEE was up only 0.1 from last week’s season low.  The show won’t air again until mid-April.  NEW GIRL was down to a new series low, and RAISING HOPE, while marginally up, was only 0.2 above its own season low.  After next week’s 2-hour special Tuesday Idol, both sitcoms will be part of FOX’s 4-sitcom Tuesday through March, with Hope moving to earlier in the evening.

NBC:  What’s the deal with NBC’s Promo department spoiling every upcoming plot point on PARENTHOOD in its “Next Week On…” spots?  Both of last night’s major developments been disclosed a week ago, and the promo for next week’s season finale wasn’t much better.  A sign of desperation (last night continued a month of the show hovering at or just above its series low), or that the network just doesn’t care?  Meanwhile, THE BIGGEST LOSER continued its steady if unspectacular pace, with all ratings in the past 6 weeks within a narrow 0.2 range.
ABC:  The good news for COUGAR TOWN was that it was down only 0.1 from last week’s hyped premiere, but a 1.7 leaves little else to celebrate.  1.7 was also the steady number for THE RIVER, making no headway from 4th place at 9PM.  BODY OF PROOF was up 0.2 from last week’s series low, still bring up the rear in its hour.
CBS:  The network edged out a 0.1 win for the night, but all its shows were down, with NCIS LA and UNFORGETTABLE hitting season lows.
CW:  Here’s an oddity:  last night’s repeat of HART OF DIXIE was only 0.2 below Monday’s new episode (and just 0.1 below Monday’s new GOSSIP GIRL).  That surprisingly decent lead-in helped RINGER to a still-mediocre 0.5.
Everything is new tonight, including a 2-hour Idol on FOX.  The only special event is a 20/20 standing in for Revenge on ABC, centering on this year’s Oscar nominees back before they were famous.  (Jean DuJardin and Berenice Bejo, before they were household names?  How exciting!)

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."