July 18, 2012


NBC stumbles toward the Olympics.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT continued to fall as it heads to its season finale, with a 2.6 that (barely) won its hours but was down from last week.  LOVE IN THE WILD edged up a bit to 1,3.

FOX:  The cooking duo continues to thrive, as HELL’S KITCHEN/MASTERCHEF scored a 2.4/2.5, winning the night for FOX.

ABC:  WIPEOUT hit an all-time low 1.4.  TRUST US WITH YOUR LIFE managed to fall from its awful opening last week, with back-to-back episodes both at 0.9.  NY MED was at least steady at 1.2.

CBS:  Reruns, all at 1.0.

CW:  The good news was that the people watching THE LA COMPLEX came back, with the show’s return earning the same 0.3 it had gotten before its hiatus.  The bad news was that there were only 0.3 of them, and that was even lower than a HEART OF DIXIE rerun scored in its lead-in hour.

Tonight SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will face off against BIG BROTHER in its 1st hour, and AMERICA’S GOT TALENT in its 2d.


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."