March 14, 2013


On a night of reruns, no one sought out the original programming either.

FOX:  Remember when the knock on X-Factor was “well, it’s no AMERICAN IDOL“?  The distance is narrowing:  last night’s 3.6 for Idol matched the X-Factor season high, and wasn’t that far over X-Factor‘s 3.0 fall average.  It was also a scary 1.8 points below last year’s parallel night.

CBS:  SURVIVOR found no benefit from airing against reruns on NBC and ABC, slipping slightly to 2.5.  The network’s procedurals always have a leg up where reruns are concerned, and last night’s CRIMINAL MINDS and SVU were at 1.8/1.7, numbers other networks would find acceptable for new episodes.

NBC:  Another sign of how pathetic NBC is right now:  the network issued a press release today boasting that its SVU and CHICAGO FIRE reruns, way below CBS at 1.2/1.1, were nevertheless higher than the network’s ratings on the same night last year.  So congratulations, NBC!  Meanwhile, as the only new show of the night, WHITNEY was lucky it didn’t fall more than 0.1 to 1.2.

ABC:  A musical episode of THE NEIGHBORS was the only fresh programming of the night, and while it hit a new low 1.4, hey–at least it did better than Smash.  The highest rated rerun was, of course, MODERN FAMILY with 1.8.

CW:  Reruns at 0.5/0.4.

Most of primetime is new tonight, with an  couple of odd exceptions that are probably due to episode count issues:  PARKS & RECREATION is the only rerun in NBC’s sitcom block, and SCANDAL is a rerun even though GREY’S ANATOMY is new.


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."