November 23, 2011



The word “turkey” comes to mind when looking at last night’s pre-holiday landscape.
ABC:  The cycle finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS was of course the highest rated show of the night and enough to give ABC the Tuesday win, but in keeping with the way this whole cycle has gone, it was distressingly down more than 20% from last year’s fall finale.  The show did manage to lift LAST MAN STANDING and MAN UP! one or two ticks along with it.

FOX:  A special Tuesday X FACTOR did OK, but its 3.2 rating was down significantly from regular airings.
CBS:  By this network’s lofty standards, a lousy night, with both NCIS shows and UNFORGETTABLE all hitting season lows.  (And yet even Unforgettable did well enough to beat the entire NBC line-up.)
NBCBIGGEST LOSER tied its season low, and PARENTHOOD set one.  But hey, don’t those Smash promos look cool?
CW90210 fell to the low 0.6 end of the network’s range, followed by another repeat of the HART OF DIXIE pilot.
Things won’t get better tonight, with holiday travel and preparations in play.  ABC will nevertheless air a full schedule of new shows, which should give it an easy win albeit at diminished levels.

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."