March 22, 2012



BENT finds the welcome mat to be more of a trapdoor.
NBC:  Even facing a repeat Modern Family on ABC, BENT had a catastrophic 1.0 premiere (down to 0.9 in its 2d half-hour).  See our Pilot + 1 Review.  The network can’t be too surprised by that, since the show was being dumped anyway, and in 2 weeks the pain will be over.  The ABC repeats did help NBC’s 8-9PM hour–for what it matters–as WHITNEY and ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? were both at the higher end of their (extremely low) recent outings.  ROCK CENTER was 0.1 above its series low, at a wretched 0.7.

CBS:  The ABC repeats didn’t help SURVIVOR, which was down to a series-low 2.7.  Without Modern Family in the mix, CRIMINAL MINDS perked up 0.4, its highest recent rating, but CSI gave up the gains for a season low 2.5, winning the hour against almost nonexistent competition.
FOXAMERICAN IDOL was down an ugly 0.5 to a Wednesday-low 4.9, still enough to dwarf all the other networks for the night.
ABC:  The network basically dared viewers to watch HAPPY ENDINGS, the only new show in a sea of reruns.  Not surprisingly, the result was a season low 1.8, as unfortunately few people got to see the episode’s inspired Gene Wilder joke.  A repeat of the MISSING pilot wasn’t so bad with a 1.3, considering that the original airing had only scored a 2.0.  ABC will hope some of those extra eyeballs tune in for the 2d episode tonight.
CWONE TREE HILL was down slightly as it approaches its series finale, and AMERICA’S TOP MODEL, with reduced competition, was up a bit.
Tonight CBS returns to its coverage of the NCAA TOURNAMENT, this time with the higher-rated Round of 16.   FOX airs the first regular-season episode of TOUCH on a night when the only new scripted competition will be the fading sitcoms on NBC.

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."