March 13, 2013


With the NCIS shows in reruns, only one series even reached a 2 last night.

FOX:  The season premiere of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES was at 2.2, down a very reasonable 0.2 from last year and the highest-rated show on a slow night.

ABC:  CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP edged up to 1.6, but the finale of THE TASTE hit a new low at 1.1, and BODY OF PROOF tied its low 1.2.

CBS:  The network can be heartened a bit by the 1.6 for GOLDEN BOY, which won its hour (albeit without much punch), since it proved last week’s awful Friday rating was a blip and held even despite having a rerun lead-in for the first time.  The reruns of NCIS and its spinoff were both at 1.9, in second place for each hour only to FOX.

NBC:  The first two hours of the night were essentially all reruns (one of the OFF THE ROCKERS was a clip show), and all did 0.7-1.0.  Both Off the Rockers were nonetheless above the new SMASH with its 0.9 (up 0.1).

CW:  Reruns at twin 0.2s.

With the exception of AMERICAN IDOL and SURVIVOR, the only new shows tonight are WHITNEY and THE NEIGHBORS, so a good night to seek out the excellent THE AMERICANS on FX.


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."