April 18, 2012



Another experiment fails.
ABC:  PRIVATE PRACTICE has been comfortably successful on Thursdays, in the shelter of older sibling Grey’s Anatomy. but the network’s attempt to try it out on Tuesday nights–while Shonda Rhimes’ other show Scandal occupies the Thursday 10PM slot–didn’t have a promising start.  Despite airing against a rerun on CBS, and featuring some fairly major storylines (including the death of a major recurring character and a seeming resolution to the will-Addison-get-a-baby? plot), the show managed only a 1.7, barely beating the rerun of Unforgettable and only midrange compared to Body of Proof‘s numbers (and below recent episodes).  This followed a series low 1.6 for LAST MAN STANDING, a series low-tying 1.4 for COUGAR TOWN, and a DANCING WITH THE STARS results show that was just 0.1 above the series low from last week.  So all in all, not a good night.

FOXGLEE hit an all-time low 2.4, down 40% from last season’s average.  NEW GIRL, though, was down only 0.1 from last week, staying in the range of recent episodes.  The season finale of RAISING HOPE (our review is here) was up a bit to its highest rating in the past 6 weeks.
NBCTHE BIGGEST LOSER was up a tick to 2.2, very stable over the past 6 weeks.  THE VOICE results show was down, although its 3.3 was still enough to give the network a tie (with FOX) for the night.  FASHION STAR was down after last week’s bump to tie its series low 1.5.
CBS:  Only NCIS aired a new episode last night, and it hit a new season low 3.0, down about 30% from last season’s average.  For repeats, NCIS LA and UNFORGETTABLE did pretty well, with 2.0 and 1.5 respectively.
CW:  The season (?) finale of RINGER (reviewed here) crept up to a still-mediocre 0.5, after a 0.3 for a 90210 rerun.
Tonight the action is on ABC, where REVENGE returns for its first new episode in over a month, and DON’T TRUST THE B— IN APT 23 airs its 2d episode.  CBS is in repeats except for SURVIVOR, NBC winces and waits for the BEST FRIENDS FOREVER and ROCK CENTER numbers, and FOX has IDOL.  

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."