April 13, 2013



No good news for the shows that most needed it.

ABC:  The second week of HAPPY ENDINGS‘ Big Friday Dump was even worse than the first, its two half-hours scoring 0.8/0.6, down from last week’s 1.1/1.0.  Creatively, the show is still in fine shape, so while its ABC career is clearly over, the question is whether a cable network will rescue it.  A rerun SHARK TANK easily won the 9PM hour with 1.3, and 20/20 took 10PM with 1.5, even though that was down 0.3 from last week.

CBS:  Fridays also haven’t done anything for VEGAS, which fell to a new low 0.8 even with rerun competition on every other network.  The only bright side about its demise is that it frees Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and the rest of the talented cast for better projects.  UNDERCOVER BOSS romped at 8PM with 1.4 (although that was down 0.3 from last week), and BLUE BLOODS was slightly down to 1.3.

NBC:  The night was consistent, if not strong:  0.8 for FASHION STAR (up 0.2), 0.7 for a GRIMM rerun, and 0.8 for ROCK CENTER (up 0.1).

FOX:  A 2-hour KITCHEN NIGHTMARES rerun had a 0.8.

CW:  At least in these preliminary numbers, NIKITA (which has reached its creative stride in its last few episodes) climbed 0.1 to 0.4, then a rerun of the CARRIE DIARIES finale had a 0.2.

You might have thought it was impossible to push SMASH farther to the edges of primetime programming, but the show has been demoted still further to an 8PM Saturday berth (after this, all that’s left is post-Carson Daly at 2AM).  There’s a surprising amount of fresh programming tonight for a Saturday, with the new game show BET ON YOUR BABY debuting on ABC, 24 HOURS on CBS and NASCAR on FOX. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE features host Vince Vaughn and musical guest Miguel.


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."