December 15, 2011



Viewers continue to be uninspired by the network offerings:  with one exception, season lows were the order of the evening.
CBSCSI benefited from a repeat SVU on NBC and no Revenge on ABC, and scored its second-best rating of the season.  Before that, though, SURVIVOR tied a season low even though this was the penultimate episode of the cycle, and CRIMINAL MINDS also tied its season low.

FOXX FACTOR tied what is effectively its season low (excluding only Thanksgiving Eve), and then the good news for mankind in general is that I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER crashed to a 1.9, which should mean its imminent demise.  (Maybe FOX could adopt Cougar Town or Community for the timeslot.)
ABC:  Repeats from 8-9:30PM, and then the BARBARA WALTERS MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE special was far less fascinating this year than last, hitting a 2.3 rating that was down almost 30% from last year’s special.  
NBC:  If the network’s Wednesday is ugly as a rule, imagine it in repeats:  nothing on NBC’s air reached higher than a 1.2 last night.
CW:  This is worth nothing:  a repeat of the VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW special that originally aired on corporate partner CBS scored a 0.7, which is as good a many CW series have been doing with first-run episodes this season.  In fact, it came within 0.1 of tying NBC for the hour.
Tonight, a mix:  CBS airs all new regular-series episodes except a repeat of BIG BANG THEORY; conversely, NBC is all-repeat aside from burning off a new episode of PRIME SUSPECT; FOX follows a new X FACTOR with a repeat BONES; and ABC offers yet another run of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and then 2 hours with its other news diva, Katie Couric, for a review of the year co-developed with People Magazine.  

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."