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The introduction of American Idol’s results show changed up the Thursday landscape.  added another night to its win column.


  • (8.4/21 in 18-49) topped the evening with 23.2 million.
  • (12.5 million, 4.0/10) saw 600,000 viewers eliminated.
  • * (1.7/4) kicked off ABC’s evening with 5.5 million.
  • * (4.5 million, 1.7/4) provided a little comedy to the hour.
  • * (1.0/3) brought 2.6 million to Smallville’s usual slot.

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Now that we have come to the end of the , it’s time to once again update our television programming schedules.

Mid-season replacements have had seen their debuts shuffled (e.g. New Amsterdam), some programs are coming back with new episodes (e.g. Scrubs, 30 Rock) while other shows aren’t slated to return until next year (Pushing Daisies).

Here you can find a

compilation of the 2008 post-strike schedules

for the five major networks.  I would highly recommend printing this out since there are major changes across the board.

Two notes:

  1. This is the updated schedule as of May 6.  Be prepared to see more changes and settling in the weeks to come.
  2. The list consists of premieres and dates for new episodes.
  3. If a particular time slot/network is not mentioned, either nothing has changed or no specific announcement has been made yet.
How I Met Your Mother



  • Dancing With the Stars, ABC
  • My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, NBC
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  • Bones, FOX (new as of 4/14)
  • Gossip Girl, CW (new as of 4/21)


  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS


  • Two and a Half Men, CBS
  • House, FOX (new as of 4/28)
  • One Tree Hill, CW (new as of 4/14)


  • Samantha Who?, ABC (new as of 4/7)
  • Rules of Engagement, CBS (returns 4/14)


  • The Bachelor, ABC
  • CSI: Miami, CBS

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Gallery: Post-Strike Television Schedule

While romantic date nights could explain declining performances for Lost and Eli Stone, the same reason doesn’t apply to Celebrity Apprentice’s improvement.  By night’s end, CBS was again a winner with the viewers while ABC had the edge in the demos.

Donald Trump8pm

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Flavor of Love

(You can view the whole Revamped TV Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (2/11)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8pm):  “Sarah meets a stranger () who shares a similar past.”  They were once both white rappers?
  • Dance War (ABC, 8pm):  “The touring company of ‘High School Musical’ performs.”  The contestants, now left with inferiority complexes, are unable to go on.
  • Flavor of Love (VH1, 9pm):  Third season premiere.  Is it a coincidence that a Flav-ex has since show up on ?
  • Prison Break (FOX, 8pm):  “The escape attempt is successful for some, if not all, of the escapees.”  Apparently you can miss weeks of this show and not miss a thing.

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Gallery: This Week on TV (2/11-2/17)

ABC found success in the demos thanks to ‘s two-week winning streak.  Meanwhile, the debut of Survivor: Micronesia helped CBS with the viewers.

Lipstick Jungle

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Heavyweight boxing champion - while intimidating in the ring - can easily be humbled in a reality forum. 

Listen for the moment on last night’s when he let his guard down:

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Moment of TruthNow that has successfully breezed through its two-week trial run, the show is being rewarded with a nice bonus.  - apparently believing the reality show’s gimmick won’t tire quickly - has added on another 13 episodes to its initial 12-pack order.  (I’m guessing it was the program’s stellar debut that instilled the network with such confidence.)

Although a list of potential seatwarmers dwindled after the show’s first two airings (seems the attention seekers weren’t too thrilled about what they had seen), other ballsy contestants will be stepping up.  Production on the additional segments will begin on Feb. 11th.


Celebrity ApprenticeJust when you think the Trumpster is down and out, he just keeps coming back for more.

Even though his ‘recruitment’ show once faced cancellation, it’s had a reversal of fortune and now been granted an extension.  Impressive numbers for has made think twice about letting and the reality staple go too soon.  (No rush decisions should ever be made during a writers’ strike.)  Come this time next year, we will be seeing a second round of stars vie for credibility and airtime. 

Seriously, a boardroom full of D-listers is really the only thing that keeps viewers attracted to the show these days.  It’s not like anyone really believes winners do anything for Trump’s organization anymore.

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Gallery: Reality News: ‘Moment of Truth’, ‘Apprentice’, ‘Bachelorette’, ‘Supernanny’

The Season Four premiere of received a very warm welcome.  As a result, the debut of also got off to a fine start.

Lost, Hurley

  • About 13.1 million got caught up with the recaps (4.9/13 in 18-49).
  • ? (10.6 million, 3.1/8) did about the same as last week.
  • * (8.8 million, 1.9/5) was up just a bit.
  • * (5.3 million, 2.2/6) started ‘s night off on a slow note; * (4.5 million, 1.9/5) went downhill from there.
  • (3.8 million, 1.6/4) looked a lot bigger this week.

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(You can view the whole Revamped TV Programming Schedule here.)


MONDAY (1/28)

**Live coverage of the State of the Union Address (9 PM Eastern) will alter many schedules.  Double-check your local listings for times.**

  • Dance War (ABC, 8pm):  “One contestant from the losing team is ousted after the first round of competition.”  Those remaining will learn ‘I’m Still Standing’ routine.
  • Gossip Girl (CW, 8pm):  Pilot repeat.  Late-comers can finally learn why is this season’s guiltiest pleasure.  (And when I say ‘gossip’, I mean the show, of course.)
  • In Treatment (HBO, 9:30:  Series premiere.  New therapy drama airs 5x a week with a different patient every night.  Apparently can’t handle them all at once like the masterful Dr. Drew.
  • Making the Band 4 (MTV, 10pm):  brings back all the winners and throws them together in one house.  If they end up killing each other, he can finally start anew.

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Gallery: This Week on TV (1/28-2/3)

Two new episodes of Chuck couldn’t help in the ratings race.  When the smoke cleared, was left standing with the viewers while was holding tight to the demos.


  • (3.2/9 in 18-49) averaged 10.3 million over its two hours.
  • The last new episode of (2.9/8) closed up shop with 8.9 million viewers.
  • * (8.6 million, 1.8/5) was down 500,000 from last week’s Trace.
  • The first hour of (2.7/7) debuted with 6.9 million.
  • * (2.1 million, 0.8/2) lost 600,000 from one week ago.

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