December 7, 2012


Thanks to Nielsen delays, Chicago Fire had to wait to get some unaccustomed good news.

NBC:  CHICAGO FIRE benefits by not airing against a new CSI on CBS, because their audiences, while overlapping, prefer the latter when they can get it.  (Why, you might ask, schedule the NBC show against such clearly strength-sapping competition?  Well you may ask.)  With a music special airing on CBS this week, Fire jumped half a point to a 1.9, tying for the lead in its hour–the only time it’s done better is when it had The Voice as a lead-in.  Earlier, WHITNEY and CHICAGO FIRE were both healthily up (to 1.3/1.4) from their airings the night before Thanksgiving, but stable with prior numbers.  SVU was similarly up from its last airing, but still tied its 2d-lowest number of the season with 1.6.

ABC:  The midseason finale of NASHVILLE was slightly up at 1.9.  At 8PM, THE MIDDLE was down a fairly sharp 0.3 to 2.3, while THE NEIGHBORS held even at 1.9.  MODERN FAMILY was a rerun (2.9), which pushed SUBURGATORY down 0.3 to 2.2.

CBS:  SURVIVOR, nearing its cycle finale, was up 0.2 to 2.9, and CRIMINAL MINDS was slightly up to 3.0.  The bottom fell out at 10PM, though, when the GRAMMY NOMINATIONS CONCERT special could only manage a 1.5, far below what an original CSI usually does in that slot.

FOX:  THE X FACTOR was down a bit to 2.8.

CW:  ARROW fell 0.2 to 1.1, but SUPERNATURAL rose slightly to 0.9.

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."