November 15, 2012


Another night to consider how low a rating can justify a back order these days.

NBC:  WHITNEY returned to the NBC schedule last night, and the same nobody who watched it last year came back for more.  The show kicked off with the same 1.4 that Animal Practice had in its premiere (tying Whitney‘s own series low), and like the canceled Animal, it’s likely to tumble several tenths as the weeks go on.  It provided zero help to GUYS WITH KIDS, which stayed at an awful 1.3.  The first-run hour on NBC was just slightly ahead of CW’s 8PM rating.  SVU tied its all-time low at 1.6, and without last week’s The Voice lead-in, the back-ordered CHICAGO FIRE returned to its real, dismal level with 1.6.

ABC:  Despite the fact that its shows didn’t have to face The Voice this week, everything in the line-up was down (by 0.2, with one exception).  THE MIDDLE was at 2.5, the back-ordered THE NEIGHBORS was at 1.9, which tied its series low, and MODERN FAMILY was at 4.6.  SUBURGATORY, though, took a half-point ratings hit to tie its 2.4 low.  The weaker competition from NBC did nothing to help the newly-backordered NASHVILLE, another show tying its series low with 1.8.  (The show did, however, offer a fun guest star juxtaposition for the–probably scant–fans of both it and Treme, as Michiel Huisman, a struggling musician in New Orleans, turned up as a super-successful music producer in Nashville.)

CBS:  SURVIVOR, at 2.6, was marginally down from its season pace, while CRIMINAL MINDS was steady at 3.0.  CSI, probably helped by the drop at NBC, was up to 2.4, an easy winner in the 10PM slot.

FOX:  The absence of The Voice helped X FACTOR, up 0.3 to 2.9.

CW:  ARROW remained strong at 1.2, although that was slightly down from last week.  SUPERNATURAL was even at 1.0.

All new regular episodes tonight again, as November sweeps continues to shower the airwaves with fresh content.

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."