December 13, 2012


…and this is why NBC won’t be running Revolution without a Voice lead-in anytime soon.

NBC:  TAKE IT ALL, airing for the first time without the comfort of that Voice audience, collapsed by more than a ratings point in a single night, down 50% to a terrible 1.1–just a tenth of a point above its lead-in from a GUYS WITH KIDS rerun.  Prior to that, WHITNEY rose slightly to 1.4, but at 10PM, CHICAGO FIRE proved that it shouldn’t be airing against CSI, falling half a ratings point from last week (when CBS aired the Grammy Nominations special in lieu of CSI) to tie its series low at 1.4.

ABC:  A bad night for the Alphabet, with all 3 sitcoms setting or tying season lows:  THE MIDDLE at 2.2, THE NEIGHBORS at 1.6, and MODERN FAMILY at 4.2 (the latter still an easy winner in its half-hour).  At 9:30PM, the Barbara Walters 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2012 special had a 2.1, down 0.2 from last year’s installment.

CBS:  The night’s first 2 hours were stable, as SURVIVOR was barely down at 2.8 (winning the 8PM hour) and CRIMINAL MINDS was barely up at 3.1.  CSI, though, while winning the 10PM hour, fell 0.4 from its last airing 2 weeks ago to a series low 2.2.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR was down 0.2 to 2.6.

CW:  ARROW didn’t head triumphantly into the barn for holiday hiatus, as its midseason finale tied a series low 1.0 (still a very strong number for CW), and then a rerun of the VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW did a 0.7.

Most of the shows on the networks will be airing new episodes for the last time in 2012 tonight, with the only (sort of) special programming being the continued short run of Take It All.

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."