November 10, 2011



A seemingly atypical night turned out to be fairly typical after all.
ABC:  The network preempted its entire line-up for the CMA AWARDS, and did very well, with a preliminary 4.8 that was up a tick from last year’s ceremony (and up in every half-hour from the night’s usual line-up except for MODERN FAMILY‘s slot).

CBS:  Considering the network’s target audience, no surprise that CBS bore the brunt of the unusual competition.  SURVIVOR, CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI all hit or tied season lows, but the damage seemed to be minimal, with each drop only by a few tenths that the network should be able to recover.
FOXX FACTOR was also down 0.3, which was less than a 10% drop from last week.
NBC:  At least in the early numbers, yet another bit of bad history for the Peacock:  SVU‘s rating went below a 2 for the first time ever, which meant the entire night’s line-up was below that mark.  (Although HARRY’S LAW was unaccountably up from last week, albeit to a still-pathetic 1.3.)
CW:  An AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL rerun led in to a new episode that did a CW-standard 0.7.
Correction 11:20AM:  Tonight will be the last “normal” Thursday of November sweeps, Tonight will be the last November sweeps Thursday featuring regularly scheduled shows (although CBS will air reruns 9-11PM), as next week ABC will be airing a Regis Philbin retirement special and a 2-hour “very special” PRIVATE PRACTICE.  

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."