August 16, 2012


The summer reality shows keep grinding away.

NBC:  The live hour of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT had the highest number of the night with 2.2 (no bump from its pre-Olympics Wednesday), but it was sandwiched between a pair of 1.3 hours of reruns, so the network was in 2d for the night.

FOX:  SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE won the night with 2 hours of 1.7.

CBS:  BIG BROTHER had a 2.1 at 8PM, but the repeats that followed were 1.2-1.0.

ABC:  Repeats at 1.0-1.3.

CW:  By CW standards, the musical chairs show OH SIT didn’t debut badly with a 0.5.

ABC is all new tonight, with TIME MACHINE CHEFS, about cooking as in olden times (no calling for pizza delivery?) joining its line-up.  The misbegotten SAVING HOPE returns to NBC, and CBS has BIG BROTHER.  None of that may matter, though, because NFL FOOTBALL, albeit preseason, returns to network television with a Bengals/Falcons game on FOX.

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."