November 16, 2011



UPDATEBoth GLEE and PARENTHOOD avoided their worst fates for the night.  In final national numbers, each show’s rating increased by 0.1, just enough to keep GLEE at 3.0 and PARENTHOOD at 2.0.  Indeed, the final ratings fairies were doubly kind to PARENTHOOD, because BODY OF PROOF went down slightly, meaning that PARENTHOOD managed to tie the ABC show for 2d place in the hour.  It’s an easy game…

A consistent night, but mostly not in a good way.
FOXGLEE only slipped 0.2 points from last week, but it was an ugly symbolic dip, putting the show below a 3 rating for the first time this season.  It also looks like NEW GIRL‘s days of ratings that begin with a 4 are over, as the show’s pre-baseball numbers seem to have fallen permanently.  However, a 3.5 rating, especially building on its lead-in, is still a strong success, and creatively the show had another thoroughly charming episode last night.  (Note:  FOX’s Tuesday, which could really use some stability at this point, will have yet another disruption next Tuesday, since in order to clear Thanksgiving night for specials, the network will air X Factor on Tuesday and Wednesday.)

ABC:  Both LAST MAN STANDING and MAN UP! tied their lows, which is OK news for the first (already back ordered) and a probable death sentence for the latter.  This cycle of DANCING WITH THE STARS can’t end soon enough for ABC, and BODY OF PROOF is lucky it’s in one of the week’s weakest hours.
CBS:  Everything was within 0.1 of where it’s been lately, all’s right with the world.
NBC:  Another bad symbolic decline, this time for PARENTHOOD, which dipped below a 2 for the first time all season.  Amazingly, that still makes it one of the network’s strongest 10PM shows.  (Fun Fact!  Last week’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE had a 2.7 rating in the 18-49 demo–which wasn’t even its highest of the season–and that outrated every primetime show on NBC except The Office and football.)  BIGGEST LOSER fell from last week and was back in oblivion.
CW:  Both 90210 and RINGER stayed within the network’s normal corridor.
Tonight FOX will look for some recovery from X FACTOR, while ABC will hope that a supposedly pivotal episode of REVENGE gets a response.

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."