THIS WEEK IN TV Other than NBC, which has the Winter Olympics all week, of course. Monday - The Bachelor on ABC, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected on The CW, 24 on Fox. Tuesday - Lost and The Forgotten on ABC, American Idol on Fox. Wednesday - Human Target and American Idol on Fox. Thursday - The Deep End, Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice on ABC; Survivor on CBS; Past Life on Fox. Friday - Meet The Fockers (The W at Amazon) (which The Thrill's employer, WBAY, amusingly has listed as Meet The Frockers) and 20/20 on ABC, Smallville on The CW. Saturday - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on ABC, 48 Hours Mystery on CBS, Cops and America's Most Wanted on Fox. Sunday - Everything is all new except for the first episode of 'Til Death and the airing of Family Guy. Also it's the winter finale of American Dad.
TV RATINGS Let me try my hand at being a VARIETY headline writer. THE DEEP END IS IN OVER IT'S HEAD. God that's fun/awful.
I think syndication dulls the decline when you see it all at once mixed and matched. Starting around season 4 or 5, perhaps not coincidentally around the same time Garden State came out, things started to go downhill.