There are a few new shows premering this week, but it's mostly The Jay Leno Show, weekdays at 10 pm Eastern/Pacific, 9 pm Central/Mountain/Hawaii/Alaska; and NBC's Thursday night lineup. I'll be curious for Leno just to see how it's structured. Other premieres include One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and The Beautiful Life on The CW; The Biggest Loser on NBC; and Survivor, Bones, and Fringe also airing on Thursday.
Monday: ABC has the movie Dreamgirls (The W at Amazon). Amazon has the Blu-Ray version cheaper than the widescreen DVD version, which is cheaper than the fullscreen DVD version. The CW has the 7th season premiere of One Tree Hill and the 3rd season premiere of Gossip Girl. NBC has the final performence show of this season of America's Got Talent, and as I noted earlier, The Jay Leno Show airs after it.
Tuesday: ABC has the final episode of Shaq Vs., with him against Michael Phelps, and Primetime: Family Secrets. CBS has the season finale of Big Brother. The CW has new episodes of 90210 and Melrose Place. FOX has the two-hour season finale of More To Love. NBC has the 8th season premiere of The Biggest Loser. This season is subtitled "Second Chances". It appears at least some of the contestants are returning from previous seasons. This is followed by The Jay Leno Show.
Wednesday: ABC has new episodes of Wipeout, Crash Course, and Primetime: The Outsiders. The CW has a new episode of America's Next Top Model and the premiere of The Beautiful Life. FOX has a new episode of So You Think You Can Dance along with a new episode of Glee. Glee got good ratings, and I heard good things. Did any of you watch it? NBC has the season finale of America's Got Talent, along with The Jay Leno Show.
Thursday: CBS has the 19th season premiere of Survivor. This time, it comes to us from Samoa. The CW has new episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. FOX has the 5th season premiere of Bones and the 2nd season premire of Fringe. NBC is all new with what we'll call the 2nd season premiere of SNL Weekend Update Thursday, the 2nd season premiere of Parks and Recreation, the 6th season premiere of The Office, the series premiere of Community, and a new The Jay Leno Show.
Friday: ABC has the 2009 ALMA Awards, along with a new 20/20. As I remember writing one year ago, ALMA is the American Latino Media Arts Award. This years hosts are George Lopez and Eva Longoria Parker. The CW has reruns of Smallville and The Beautiful Life if you missed them before. FOX airs a new Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and reairs this week's Glee, again in case you missed it. NBC has a two-hour Dateline NBC and a new The Jay Leno Show.
Saturday: ABC brings us Saturday Night Football, with Texas Tech at #2 Texas. CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery. FOX has new episodes of Cops and America's Most Wanted.
Sunday: ABC brings us King Kong. I was unaware that the theatrical version was 3 hours and 7 minutes long. So that was the 4th straight movie that Peter Jackson directed that was nearly 3 hours long. CBS has a new 60 Minutes followed by the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The CW repeats this week's episodes of The Beautiful Life and Melrose Place. NBC has Football Night In America followed by Sunday Night Football, with the New York Giants playing in Dallas against the Cowboys.
Since The CW has basically finished their Sunday night movie, let's look at which movies they aired over those 10 months were the most popular.
Date Viewers (mil) Movie 6/14 2.15 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 8/2 2.11 Overboard 2/15 1.67 GoldenEye 3/1 1.63 Rainman 5/17 1.62 License To Kill 12/7 1.61 The Cutting Edge 7/19 1.51 The Thomas Crown Affair 12/28 1.43 Revenge of the Pink Panther 2/8 1.38 Teen Wolf 7/5 1.38 Road House 1/11 1.37 The Carrie 12/21 1.36 The Three Amigos! 4/12 1.36 Cutthroat Island 9/13 1.36 Benny & Joon 2/22 1.35 Tomorrow Never Dies 1/4 1.33 Trail of the Pink Panther 11/30 1.30 The Crocodile Hunter: Collison Course 3/29 1.27 War Games 5/3 1.26 Be Cool 1/18 1.24 Mr. Mom 4/26 1.19 Four Weddings And A Funeral 8/9 1.19 Pumpkin 9/6 1.18 Windtalkers 3/15 1.16 Moonstruck 12/14 1.15 Spaceballs 4/5 1.11 Rocky III 8/16 1.10 Disturbing Behavior 7/12 1.07 Hoosiers 4/19 1.05 At First Sight 6/7 1.05 Kiss The Bride 5/10 1.00 The Spy Who Loved Me 6/21 1.00 Good Boy! 5/31 0.97 Desperately Seeking Susan 7/27 0.92 The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing The Dream 3/8 0.90 Easy Money 6/28 0.89 Larger Than Life 3/22 0.87 The Mod Squad 5/24 0.86 Take The Lead 1/25 0.77 Antitrust 2/1 0.70 Throw Momma From The Train 8/23 * Silence of the Lambs
*unfortunately I appear to have entered the wrong numbers for this one, and the sources I use only keep information for a week.
This wasn't quite as bad as critics would have you think. The story's mystery is actually pretty good. The movie is dark and surprisingly violent, but it's funny when it needs to be. As you might expect, Gary Oldman rules your world, and mine too.