November 9, 2011



Post-baseball hangover over?  Not so fast.
FOX:  Unlike Monday, FOX’s Tuesday seems to have been seriously dented by baseball preemptions.  GLEE only recovered a bit of its pre-baseball number, and despite a much-publicized episode in which 2 of the main characters lost their virginity, the show is now running a scary 25% below last season’s average.  NEW GIRL managed to barely win its timeslot, but it’s 20% below where it was at the beginning of October.  Making matters worse, RAISING HOPE took an odd nosedive from last week, and is now losing 40% of its lead-in’s rating. 

ABC:  The LAST MAN STANDING/MAN UP! hour isn’t benefiting from Glee‘s decline, as both shows continued to slip.  Preempting BODY OF PROOF didn’t do anything for the 10PM hour, as a Robin Roberts interview special was even a couple of ticks worse.
CBS:  The NCIS shows continue to deliver, and while UNFORGETTABLE isn’t in their league, it’s doing well enough to win its weak timeslot.
NBCTHE BIGGEST LOSER built a bit on last week’s increase (although it’s still running more than 20% below last season’s average), but PARENTHOOD was unable to capitalize on that and was at the lower end of its season’s range.
CW  90210 and RINGER were respectively slightly up and down, but only by a tenth each.  With the exception of Thursday, the network’s schedule is mired in the 0.6-0.8 range (with a 2 month hiatus on the way).

Tonight we’ll see a disruption in the usual Wednesday as ABC preempts its schedule for one of the few November sweeps stunts, the CMA Awards show.  Last year’s telecast did a sterling 4.7 in 18-49s, and that would be considerably higher even than the network’s very successful recent average for the night. 

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."