How I Met Your Mother and The New Adventures of Old Christine sure appreciate coming after Two and a Half Men. Both were up 30% among viewers 18-49, and all four shows (Big Bang Theory included) were ranked in the top 11 for the week. I'm listing the premiere of Miss Guided separate from the two episodes that aired Thursday because they're so far apart ratings wise.
BREAKING NEWS: CBS has announced that Jericho has been canceled ... again. They had two different episodes ready for this week's season finale, and they decided to air the ending episode. FOX has also decided to cut The Return of Jezebel James short, ending it after two weeks. It will be replaced by reruns of Bones. They've also moved Canterbury's Law from Mondays to Fridays.
Show returning this week are CSI: Miami, 'Til Death, Cold Case, and The Simpsons.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
MONDAY-ABC has new episodes of Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor; CBS is all new with The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and the return of CSI: Miami; The CW has a new Pussycat Dolls Presents; FOX has a new episode of New Amsterdam; MyN has a new Paradise Hotel 2; and NBC has new episodes of My Dad is Better than Your Dad, Deal or No Deal, and Medium.
TUESDAY-ABC has the Dancing With the Stars Recap show (replacing Just For Laughs this week), the Dancing With the Stars Results show, and the end of Primetime: What Would You Do?; CBS has new episodes of Big Brother 9 and the aforementioned finale of Jericho; The CW has a new episode of Beauty and the Geek; FOX has new episodes of American Idol and the post-strike return of 'Til Death; oh, and NBC has The Biggest Loser.
WEDNESDAY-ABC has new episodes of Wife Swap and the poorly-rated Men In Trees, CBS has a new Big Brother 9, The CW has a new America's Next Top Model, FOX has The Moment of Truth and American Idol, and MyN has a new Whacked Out Videos.
THURSDAY-ABC has two new episodes of Miss Guided, a rerun of Lost (no idea if it's an enhanced episode or not), and a new Eli Stone; CBS has 3rd Round NCAA Basketball Tournament games; The CW has new episodes of Smallville and Reaper; FOX has Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and Don't Forget the Lyrics; MyN airs Antitrust, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rachael Leigh Cook; and finally NBC has a new Deal or No Deal and the finale of Celebrity Apprentice. Trace Adkins and Piers Morgan are left?
FRIDAY-You can watch two hours of 20/20 on ABC, or more 3rd Round NCAA Basketball Tournament games on CBS, or Friday Night Smackdown on The CW, or a new Canterbury's Law on FOX (my listings still list The Return of Jezebel James, but as I said, that's wrong), or Bruce Willis in The Kid on MyN, or Amnesia and Dateline NBC on NBC.
SATURDAY-ABC's airing Catch Me If You Can, CBS has Elite 8 NCAA Basketball Tournament coverage, and FOX has the regular Cops and America's Most Wanted.
SUNDAY-ABC's has its normal lineup of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Oprah's Big Give, and Here Comes the Newlyweds; I'm getting conflicting information on whether it's a new America's Funniest Home Videos or not; CBS has new episodes of 60 Minutes, Big Brother 9, Cold Case, and a repackaged Dexter; The CW has new episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and The Game (Aliens in America is in reruns for at least a month); FOX has new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and the season finale of Unhitched; NBC starts with a special Countdown With Keith Olbermann, followed by a new Dateline NBC.
A friend of mine said that 24's the same exact show each year, just with a different WMD. I don't think it's that simplistic. I don't think anybody's trying to hide the fact there's a certain storytelling formula in the world of 24.