December 29, 2011


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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OK, now they’re not even trying:  every single show on network TV last night was a repeat.
CBS:  Which is exactly how CBS likes it.  Not to rub salt in NBC’s many wounds, but the CBS average last night with reruns (2.1, highlighted by a 2.3 for CRIMINAL MINDS) was just about what NBC does with new programming almost every non-football night of the week.

ABC:  The sitcoms did OK, all things considered (1.2-1.9, with MODERN FAMILY, of course, at the top), but that 0.6 for REVENGE was painful.
FOX:   Managed with scrape above a 1.0 for the 9PM hour with NEW GIRL.
NBC:  Ugliest of the ugly.  The highest number was a 1.0 for UP ALL NIGHT, and then HARRY’S LAW did a CW-level 0.5.
CW:  A Hilary Duff movie that barely appeared in theatres did a 0.4, which is about what their series reruns have been scoring.
No relief tonight, although ABC will air a repeat Charlie Brown special at 8PM.

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."