August 15, 2012


NBC wins a night it would have won even without the Olympics.

NBC:  AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was the highest rated show of the night with the same 2.7 rating it had before the Olympics.  A cutdown version of the STARS EARN STRIPES premiere was at 1.4 against weak competition at 10PM.

FOX:  HOTEL HELL built on its premiere with 2.1, and MASTERCHEF built on that with 2.4.

ABC:  2 hours of sitcom repeats couldn’t even hit a 1.0, which at least NY MED managed to do in the night’s final hour.

CBS:  A trio of reruns, all at 1.1.

CW:  A new episode of THE LA COMPLEX (0.2) was beaten by a HART OF DIXIE rerun (0.3).

CW premieres the game show OH SIT! tonight, which if nothing else takes the award for worst title in recent memory.  The other networks offer new episodes of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, BIG BROTHER and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE.

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."