May 10, 2012





Sometimes a win can also be a disappointment.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL was the highest rated show on the air last night, and gave FOX the nightly win.  But… its 4.4 was a series Wednesday low, down 0.3 from last week at exactly the point in the season where it should be climbing as the competition nears its conclusion–last year’s parallel episode rose 0.5 from the show’s previous week.  Overall, the comparison was even worse, as last night was down an ugly 40% from 2011’s parallel episode.  


ABC:  The line-up was very stable, everything within 0.2 of last week.  A very silly episode of DON’T TRUST THE B___ IN APT 23 held even at 2.3, despite the 0.2 increase for lead-in MODERN FAMILY (to 4.3), while an hour-long flashback episode of REVENGE (which was less fun or revealing than it sounded like it was going to be) ticked slightly up.

CBS:  The season finale of CSI (our review is here) won its hour with 2.4, up a bit for the week.  SURVIVOR was up slightly and CRIMINAL MINDS down slightly, to 3.1 and 2.8 respectively.

NBC:  OFF THEIR ROCKERS rose all the way to a 1.5, and that was it for the night’s good news.  ROCK CENTER fell back down to 0.8, and SVU to 1.7, both down 0.2.  On what has become a depressingly unsurprising note, NBC was outrated for the night by Univision.

CW:  The network’s bad week continues with a 0.4 for the night’s new episode of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, barely up from the repeat that preceded it.

Tonight brings some major season finales:  THE BIG BANG THEORY on CBS, THE OFFICE and PARKS & RECREATION on NBC and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE SECRET CIRCLE on CW.

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."