March 28, 2012



Dancing doesn’t mambo as fast as it used to.
ABC:  The DANCING WITH THE STARS results show did a whole lot better at 9PM than The River‘s ratings, winning the hour with a 3.0 (compared to River‘s mid-1 numbers).  But the Dancing franchise is fading, and as with the performance show on Monday, Tuesday’s results were down a sharp 30+% from last year.  The network started the night with a Dancing recap special whose 1.9 was just about where LAST MAN STANDING and COUGAR TOWN have been for the hour (and, again, down about a third from last year’s recap special).  The return of Dancing, though, did jolt BODY OF PROOF into a semblance of life, winning its hour with a 2.1 that was 50% higher than recent original episodes.

FOX:  The network has to survive one more week of its unfortunate 4-sitcom experiment and hope that no lasting damage has been done.  NEW GIRL fell to yet another series low (its trajectory over the last 4 weeks:  3.0/2.8/2.7/2.5) and could only manage a 3rd place finish in its hour.  RAISING HOPE fared even worse with a 4th place season low 1.5 (4 week trajectory:  2.1/1.8/1.6/1.5).  BREAKING IN, with an episode that predictably had the show falling down the rabbit hole of Megan Mullally mannerisms, was a tick up to a 1.4 that’s unlikely to matter much.
NBCTHE BIGGEST LOSER fell below a 2 for the first time ever with a regular episode, and FASHION STAR hit a new low 1.5.
CBS:  Even the night’s winner hovered at or near season lows:  NCIS tied its low with 3.4, NCIS LA and UNFORGETTABLE were respectively 0.2 and 0.1 above their lows with 2.9 and 2.0.  
CW90210 did a decent enough 0.7, but RINGER is running out of time with a 0.5 and just a couple of new episodes left before its finale.
Tonight–restrain your excitement!–NBC airs the season (?) finales of WHITNEY and ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?, followed by 2 more burn-off episodes of BENT.  CBS has a new SURVIVOR and then repeats, and ABC again stabs HAPPY ENDINGS in the heart by making it the only new show in its line-up.

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."