December 14, 2011



We’re deep in the holiday TV season, and even with new episodes on most of the networks, viewership was on the low side.
FOXGLEE and NEW GIRL have never bounced back from their baseball preemptions, and both continue their downward trajectory, although they’re still quite successful.  (Creatively, the Christmas Glee episode poured on the sentiment like turkey gravy, while New Girl was more charming.)

CBS:  Even the mighty NCIS shows floundered a bit, tying their season lows.  (Although that was still enough for a win at 8PM.)  UNFORGETTABLE set a new low, with the excuse that it faced stronger competition than usual from NBC.
NBC:  The network couldn’t find any better lead-in to the BIGGEST LOSER cycle finale than a documentary about Prince William and Kate, which was long past its Sell-By date with a 1.2.  Loser then had its highest rating of the season, although it was down more than 35% from last year’s winter finale.
ABC:  Only the network knows why it burned off a fresh episode of LAST MAN STANDING to kick off a night of repeats.  The result was a series-low rating, down almost 20% from last week.  The repeats afterward were a litany of people gradually changing the channel:  2.0, 1.5, 1.3, 1.1.
CW:  Repeat hell.
Tonight CBS and FOX air new regular-series episodes against repeats on NBC and ABC.

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."