May 16, 2012



This is why CBS doesn’t need to change its line-up much for the Fall.

FOX:  Although the ratings don’t reflect it, last night’s 2-hour GLEE  included probably the series’ strongest episodes of the season, harking back to the feel of Season 1 (even Lindsay Lohan, in her stunt-casting bit, came off far better than she had on SNL).  Despite that, the show had its lowest rating in a month, close to a series low at 2.5.


NBCAMERICA’S GOT TALENT scored a 3.4, far higher than the numbers The Biggest Loser has been getting on Tuesdays.  Last season Talent premiered after the broadcast season ended, so competition was different, and it’ll take a couple of weeks before we know how it matches up this year.  FASHION STAR ended its season with a slightly-up 1.6.

ABC:  COUGAR TOWN is lucky cable has different ratings standards than network, as its (surprisingly ho-hum) “1-hour” season finale–really just 2 back-to-back episodes–could only manage a series low 1.0.  With no lead-in help, DANCING WITH THE STARS hit an all-time low 2.2.  PRIVATE PRACTICE rebounded a considerable 0.4 from last week with its season finale, but the 1.8 was still sub-par (admittedly it had to face much stronger competition than usual from CBS).

CBS:  Season finales of the NCIS shows easily gave CBS the night.  The mothership’s 3.5 was its highest recent rating, and NCIS LA had a 3.0 that was solidly in line with its recent numbers.

CW:  The season finale of 90210 was down a bit to 0.5.  Dead-in-the-water THE LA COMPLEX matched its series low 0.2.

Tonight’s season finales include a 2-hour CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS, SUBURGATORY on ABC, and SVU on NBC.

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."