THIS WEEK IN TV Monday - The Bachelor ended last week, and Dancing With The Stars doesn't start until next week. Bridging the gap this week is a special 20/20 which is about The Bachelor. Hopefully you can follow that. Then on CBS, only Rules of Engagement is new. And everything else is new on the other networks.
Tuesday - The Forgotten has been taken off the air entirely. This week in that timeslot is a special episode of Flash Forward called "What Did You See?" It's supposed to remind you about what happened so far and also give clues about what's going to happen going forward. Everything else is new.
Wednesday - Only Scrubs (the season/series finale) and Ugly Betty are new on ABC. TitanTV says Ugly Betty is rated TV-MA this week; ABC.com only has it as TV-PG. I don't know what that's about. Only Gary Unmarried is new on CBS. The other three networks are all new.
Thursday - Flash Forward returns with a two-hour episode. That prempts Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice is a rerun. CBS has first round NCAA Basketball Tournament action. The CW and Fox are all reruns, and NBC is all new.
Friday - On ABC, Supernanny is finished, and Wife Swap and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution don't return/start until at least next week, so we get the special Thin Ice. I guess it's like Dancing With The Stars, but with skating. CBS has more first round NCAA Basketball Tournament games. There's a new Kitchen Nightmares on Fox. I'm pretty sure it's only on Fridays now, but I could be wrong. And NBC has their normal Friday lineup, Who Do You Think You Are? followed by Dateline NBC.
Saturday - The new episodes of Flash Forward and Castle rerun on ABC. CBS has second round NCAA Basketball Tournament games followed by 48 Hours Mystery. Of course Cops and America's Most Wanted on Fox. And NBC has reruns of this week's new episodes of The Biggest Loser, Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU.
Sunday - ABC has the second part of the Thin Ice special (see Friday for details), followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, and the premiere of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Food Revolution is listed as a reality documentary. CBS, FOX, and NBC are all new with their normal lineups.
Top 9 Cable Shows for the week of March 8 to March 14
Real Housewives of Orange County
16 And Pregnant
Just missing the cut with a 1.1 18-49 rating were Sonny With A Chance on Disney, The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, the premiere of The Pacific on HBO, Psych on USA, and House of Payne on TBS. Obviously The Pacific deserves a mention, since the viewer base of HBO is so much smaller than even your regular cable network. According to numbers I have, 32 million households have HBO, compared to the 100 million that have TBS, the most widely distributed cable channel. So it was watched by a higher percentage of its channels' viewer base than any other show on cable this week.
This episode was all about Joy and that was great. Jaime Pressley deserves the extra attention just like she deserved the Emmy. They say that this year will involve more storylines revolving around the supporting characters and I say bring it on.