November 17, 2011



It was ABC’s turn for some post-preemption malaise.
ABC:  The network’s Wednesday schedule returned from its CMA Awards break to drops across the board.  The 2 new shows were hit hardest, as SUBURGATORY dipped 0.3 and REVENGE 0.4.  Neither of the declines were anything to worry about (Revenge still tied for 1st place in its hour), but as we enter the holiday season with its frequent repeats and specials, the night suggests how difficult it is for networks to fill roughly 36 in-season weeks of programming with (usually) 22 episodes of regular series, while managing not to lose the attention of viewers.

FOXX FACTOR didn’t return to its pre-baseball level, but it’s stabilized at a 3.8 that was easily good enough to win the night.
CBS:  Without the CMA Awards as competition, all the network’s shows were up, especially CRIMINAL MINDS, which had a nice 0.3 bump from last week.  
NBC:  Is there an emoticon for “Oy”?  UP ALL NIGHT was up a tick but still under a 2, while SVU‘s 1.9 was below last year’s average of Law & Order:  LA–which, as you’ll recall, was cancelled.  Worst of all was HARRY’S LAW, which managed to hit a season low 1.1.  (Soon to be a star of your post-football Sunday night programming!)
CWAMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL was steady at 0.8.
Tonight’s big event will be a heavily-promoted 2-hour “intervention” episode of PRIVATE PRACTICE 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."