January 11, 2012



Potentially good news for Cougar Town fans.
ABC:  Cougar Town needs a timeslot, and Tuesday 8:30PM should be opening up any minute now, as 20% of the people who watched WORK IT the first time ran away screaming this week, and the show plunged to a 1.6 rating.  However, that real estate may not be as valuable as it should be, because lead-in LAST MAN STANDING hit a series low 2.2 last night.  All of this, mind you, is while FOX’s Glee is still in reruns–when it returns with new episodes next week, the hour will only get more difficult.  CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP continued its low run, and BODY OF PROOF was up only 0.1 from last week’s season low.

CBS:  An easy win in every hour, although UNFORGETTABLE tied a season low 2.2.  (As Mitch Metcalf notes, however, 10PM ratings last night are subject to adjustment due to coverage of the New Hampshire Republican primary.)
NBC:  BIGGEST LOSER was down a bit from last week, and PARENTHOOD was up only 0.1 from last week’s season low.  However, those numbers were good enough for 2d place across the board, which in NBC terms is practically a win.
FOX:  Reruns, with a 1.3 for NEW GIRL looking best.
CW:  Where are they finding these movies?  Last night the network regaled America with 2 hours of TABLE FOR THREE, a film that seems to have been chosen because it starred One Tree Hill‘s Sophia Bush and Once Upon A Time‘s Jennifer Morrison (not to mention sometime Chuck villain Brandon Routh), and which previously had been seen only by their agents and close family.  
Tonight’s big event is NBC’s premiere of its new 8-9PM comedy hour, with WHITNEY shifted from Thursday and the new ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?.  At 9PM, CBS airs the PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS, which slumped badly last year from its 2010 number to a 2.7 rating.


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."