March 6, 2013


Just a dismal night, even for the winners.

FOX:  A special 2-hour AMERICAN IDOL (live, except on the west coast) won the night with a 3.4, but according to CBS, during the 8PM hour it was actually at 3.3 (climbing in Hour 2), which meant that it was edged out by NCISIdol was also down half a ratings point from last week’s Wednesday show.

CBS:  NCIS had a 3.4 and the win over Idol, but like everything else on the network last night, it was down.  The decline was 0.1, same as for NCIS LA at 2.8.  GOLDEN BOY, in its last “preview” Tuesday airing, fell 0.2 to 1.6, winning against paper-thin competition.

NBC:  The night started with a pair of 1.1s for OFF THEIR ROCKERS, down 0.2 from last week, and it didn’t get better from there.  GO ON and THE NEW NORMAL tied their series lows 1.1 and 0.9.  (Normal aired a Halloween episode that had been on the shelf for months, although oddly enough it contained a key plot development from that point in the season.)  But that wasn’t the worst.  Oh no, there was still SMASH, which fell to a new low 0.7–the same rating that got Do No Harm yanked from the schedule just a few weeks ago, and a number that even on cable would be considered middling.

ABC:  A festival of series lows, starting with CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP (down 0.9 to 1.5), and continuing with THE TASTE (down 0.2 to 1.2) and BODY OF PROOF (1.2, even with last week).

CW:  HART OF DIXIE solidified its status as being a small notch above the network’s other bubble shows by matching last week’s 0.6, then a rerun BEAUTY & THE BEAST had a 0.3.

If you’re not an Idol or SURVIVOR fan, the pickings are slim tonight, with only THE NEIGHBORS, SUBURGATORY and WHITNEY airing new episodes.

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."