January 10, 2013


ABC cleans up on the “specials” programmed elsewhere.

ABC:  A great night all around.  THE MIDDLE kicked things off by rising 0.3 from its last airing to 2.4, followed by THE NEIGHBORS, up 0.4 to 2.0. MODERN FAMILY dominated the night with a 4.7, up half a rating point, and SUBURGATORY was also up 0.5 to 2.7.  NASHVILLE faced unusually direct competition from CBS, but even it rose a tick to 2.0.  More importantly, after several strong episodes in a row, it seems like Nashville is finally hitting its stride dramatically and finding the right balance between its storylines and their levels of melodrama.

NBC:  Remember last week, when there was no competition and everything on NBC hit season highs?  That didn’t happen this week.  WHITNEY was down 0.4 to 1.4, and GUYS WITH KIDS fell 0.4 to 1.3.  The procedurals were helped a bit by the fact that CBS went off-genre for the night, but they fell too:  SVU down 0.2 to 2.1, CHICAGO FIRE down 0.2 to 2.2.

CBS:  I GET THAT A LOT had a 2.0, down 0.3 from last year’s installment.  The PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS was up a tick from last year to 2.6.

FOX:  STARS IN DANGER: THE HIGH DIVE had no water in the pool with a 1.3.

CW:  Still in rerun mode, although the 0.5 for the night’s ARROW retread was about as well as the network’s normal programming does in first run.

1600 PENN makes its series debut tonight on NBC, re-airing its pilot at 8:30PM and a new episode an hour later.  FOX has another 2 hours of MOBBED, and CW is still in reruns.  The rest of the evening is new programming.


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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."