January 31, 2013


A blah night for network TV.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL may not be the behemoth it used to be, but it’s not going anywhere either, down just a tick to a still-powerful 5.4.  That’s higher than the combined ratings for ABC, CBS and FOX on the night.

ABC:  It’s not much of a surprise that THE NEIGHBORS and SUBURGATORY need The Middle and Modern Family as their lead-ins, and with those two shows in reruns last night, the newer comedies took 0.4 hits, to 1.6 and 1.8 respectively.  Nashville was also a rerun (a dour 0.9), so the network’s highest rated show of the night was the old Modern Family with 2.1.

NBC:  Even facing lots of reruns, everything was down:  WHITNEY by 0.1 to 1.3, GUYS WITH KIDS by 0.2 to 1.1, SVU by 0.4 to 1.7, and CHICAGO FIRE by 0.2 to 2.0.  The latter, which was the only original programming at 10PM, did win its hour.

CBS:  The year’s annual SUPER BOWL GREATEST COMMERCIALS special adequately filled the 8PM hour, up slightly from last year to 2.1.  After that, CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI reruns were both at 1.6.

CW:  ARROW fell 0.2 to 0.9, still huge for CW.  That tied it with the steady SUPERNATURAL.

Tonight’s biggest event is guaranteed to be nowhere close to the highest rating for the night:  the series finale of 30 ROCK.  After that, NBC yanked 1600 PENN for the night to air 2 episodes of THE OFFICE as lead-in to the premiere of DO NO HARM.  All the other networks feature fresh competition, except for a repeat SHARK TANK in the 8PM slot on ABC.

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."