December 8, 2011



Last night, viewers took a stand against the hatred of teenage daughters.
FOXI HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER, in its 2d airing (and first against new episodes on ABC) slumped to a 2.1 rating, losing more than a third of X FACTOR‘s lead-in 3.3.  The Teenage Daughter numbers may continue to be erratic, because for the next 2 weeks ABC will be in holiday mode, airing a Barbara Walters special and more repeats on Wednesdays against original Teenage Daughter episodes.  But eventually programming will return to normal, and there’s no basis to think Teenage Daughter has what it takes to survive.  Meanwhile, that X Factor number was itself its lowest rating other than Thanksgiving Eve, and a further decline from last week.

ABC:  Taking Thanksgiving Eve out of the equation, almost all the network’s shows tied or set season lows (the quasi-exception was HAPPY ENDINGS, 0.1 above its non-holiday low).  However, some of those numbers are better than they sound:  Happy Endings was facing sitcom competition for the first time all season, and even at its lowered number, REVENGE was only 0.1 out of first place in its timeslot.
CBSSURVIVOR did a fairly standard number for the season (which in the context of this night looked pretty good), while CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI both tied season lows.
NBCUP ALL NIGHT tied its non-Thanksgiving Eve low, but that’s pretty much where the show has been mired for the past month.  HARRY’S LAW lost the tiny increase it had last week when it aired against reruns on ABC.  SVU tied the season low it’s had for the last few weeks (except when ABC aired reruns).  
CW:  Some good news!  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL‘s cycle finale mustered a 1.0, very strong by CW standards.
A moment of silence:  tonight NBC airs what is currently the last-scheduled episode of COMMUNITY.  May it return to us soon.  Meanwhile, FOX will air what’s become the Fall finale of BONES, because the episode that was supposed to air next week has been pushed to January so it can become the lead-in to the premiere of FINDER, the spin-off that’s replacing it while Emily Deschanel has her real-life maternity leave (s opposed to Bones’ on the show).  And ABC will fill the airwaves’ holiday stocking with such lumps of coal as a Christmas edition of AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS and something called THE GREAT BIG AMERICAN AUCTION.  

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."