February 14, 2013


A bad night for most.

CBS:  SURVIVOR returned from its hiatus with its lowest cycle premiere ever, a 2.4 that was down 0.7 from last Spring’s start.  The show ran 90 minutes, and CBS filled in the gap with a 1.6 BIG BANG THEORY rerun before CSI had a 2.1, just barely ahead of the 10PM competition.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL won each of its half-hours, but its 4.3 (down 0.3 from last week) marked its lowest Wednesday rating since it started life 11 years ago as a summer series.

ABC:  At least 2 of its hours were up.  The night started slow with a 1.9 for THE MIDDLE (down 0.4), but THE NEIGHBORS held even at 1.7, then things improved a bit.  MODERN FAMILY rose a tick to 3.8, SUBURGATORY was up 0.2 to 2.2, and NASHVILLE improved slightly to 1.8.

NBC:  A typical NBC Wednesday, which is not a good thing.  WHITNEY was steady at 1.2, but GUYS WITH KIDS probably sealed its fate with a series-low 1.0 (down 0.2).  SVU managed to rise 0.1 to 1.6, while CHICAGO FIRE was even at 1.9 in the closely-bunched 10PM hour.

CW:  The newly-renewed ARROW was up slightly to 1.1, and the also newly-renewed SUPERNATURAL held at 1.0.

Tonight’s big event is the premiere of ZERO HOUR on ABC, but its most fascinating question is whether COMMUNITY can hang onto last week’s crazily strong (by Community–and NBC–standards) season premiere rating.  Everything is new on the other networks, except for the SVU rerun NBC rushed into what used to be the Do No Harm slot.

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."