THIS WEEK IN TV We're getting to season finale time. Finales this week include Chuck and Heroes, Monday on NBC; Better Off Ted, Wednesday on CBS (obviously that isn't happening, see below); Private Practice, Thursday on ABC; and Wife Swap and Supernanny, Friday on ABC. * Not broadcast TV news, but I found out that DirecTV Channel 101 has bought the rights to Smith, the 2006 CBS series starring Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, and Amy Smart, among others. It was cancelled after three episodes, and the final four episodes aired on CBS.com. But now, for the first time ever, those four episodes will be seen on television, as the 4th episode airs Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00 pm Eastern, with the other three episodes airing in later weeks. * ABC, CBS, and NBC are showing the President's Press Conference on Wednesday night, thereby prempting Scrubs, Better Off Ted, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. From what I can tell, FOX has decided not prempt Lie To Me. * Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (The W at Amazon) is Saturday night on ABC; FOX has the Russell Friedman 400 presented by Crown Royal at Richmond International Raceway. * The CW's Sunday Night Movie is Be Cool. What? A movie from the last five years on The CW? * FOX has moved Sit Down, Shut Up to 7:00 pm Eastern, followed by a rerun of American Dad. King of the Hill returns to its normal slot, which is probably a good thing (see below).
TV RATINGS * Sit Down, Shut Up was not working well for it or for King Of The Hill. SDSU (not to be confused with San Diego State University, the alma mater of Marshall Faulk) did considerably worse than KOTH did in the same timeslot, and KOTH has lost 50% of its viewers in it's new earlier timeslot.
I like Obama, but if he doesn't shut up at 9:00 on the dot so LOST can start, I'm voting Republican next time.
I had it wrong in my spreadsheet, and I didn't fix it until some time last week. Unfortunately, that was *after* I figured out which shows had their season finale this week. And then that changed when the President decided he wanted to talk. So I screwed up, but the good news is it's been fixed, so I don't see a reason why it should happen again.
It was a good week for cable, so I went with the top 14 shows. ShowNetworkDateHH18-49ViewersNFL Pro BowlESPN01/31/22.214.171.1247Teen MomMTV01/26/102.32.03.641Burn NoticeUSA01/28/126.96.36.1994WWE RawUSA01/25/188.8.131.52Pawn StarsHistory01/25/102.81.94.