February 13, 2013


Thanks to the State of the Union Address, there was virtually no original programming on the broadcast networks last night.

ABC:  You’d think things were set up perfectly for THE TASTE to overperform, with nothing but reruns against it in the pre-speech 8PM slot, but it only managed to tie CBS for the hour, falling 0.3 to 1.5.  A post-speech MODERN FAMILY rerun had a 0.9.

NBC:  The Peacock’s News division won bragging rights for the highest rating for the State of the Union itself, with a 1.6 (compared to 1.2 for ABC, 1.1 for CBS and 0.9 for FOX).  NBC was also the only network to air additional analysis after the speech and Republican responses, and that gave it the 10PM hour with 1.0.  The night started with 1.2/1.4 for a pair of OFF THEIR ROCKERS reruns.

CBS:  The 8PM NCIS rerun tied for the hour’s lead at 1.5, but the MIKE & MOLLY rerun at 10:30PM was in 3rd place with 0.8.

FOX:  Twin 1.1s for the reruns of RAISING HOPE and NEW GIRL that started the night.

CW:  Took the night off even though the network didn’t air the President’s speech, with a 0.5 for the theatrical movie WHEN IN ROME that did about as well as the network’s usual Tuesday line-up.

All is back to normal tonight, with fresh episodes of just about everything, and also a 90-minute cycle premiere for SURVIVOR (followed by a BIG BANG THEORY rerun).


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."