TV tonight: Blue Bloods and CSI: NY

The CSI team investigates a 1920s-inspired speakeasy.

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WASHINGTON, December 7, 2012 - A quick look at the Nielsen ratings will reveal that Friday night is a weak night for the networks. Blue Bloods and CSI: New York are the only two Friday night shows that make the list of top 25 Nielsen shows. Last Man Standing and Malibu Country, however, are two new shows gaining popularity and worth watching as well.

Given tonight’s thin viewing opportunities, I would rather tell you about one of the biggest rivalries in boxing that will play out on pay-per-view this Saturday night. The rivalry between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez has been compared to the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The bout will be the biggest event this year in terms of money and the number of people watching.

Why point out something that costs $59.95 to watch? Because WTC’s resident boxing expert Gayle Falkenthal will be hosting a live chat Saturday night during the fight. Gayle grew up watching boxing and knows that sport inside and out. Her color commentary reflects her vast knowledge of the sport, and makes you feel like you are at ringside watching the fight.

So here’s a novel thought: save that $59.95 for Christmas shopping and join Gayle at 9 p.m. Saturday night for her blow by blow account of the bout in her live online chatroom. And toss in your own two-cents’ worth while you’re at it. You can’t do that on pay-per-view either!

8 p.m.

ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) After Mike brings home a duck he shot for dinner; he is forced to try to explain the circle of life to Boyd.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) Steve Greenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder of PostNet, the fastest-growing design, printing, copying and shipping franchise, dons a drastic disguise for his undercover mission, where he meets a former Marine working as a packing specialist while adjusting to civilian life.

FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (New) Chef Ramsay tries to resuscitate a beachside restaurant.

NBC: Saturday Night Live Christmas: (Repeat) Memorable Christmas sketches from past SNL episodes.

CW: Nikita: (New) Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) capture Cyrus (guest star Isaiah Mustafa), an arms dealer, who is purchasing a weapon-jamming device for Ari (guest star Peter Outerbridge). Nikita convinces Ryan (Noah Bean) to let them use Cyrus as bait to capture Amanda but Cyrus manages to escape the trap.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Malibu Country: (New) Reba tries to get dirt on Bobby’s past from his ex-band mate; Cash gets grounded for sneaking out to help his sister.

9 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (Repeat) All five sharks consider business propositions that include a ticket-free coat check system, a belt buckle that doubles as a beverage holder, and what two women say is the solution to bedbugs.  

CBS: CSI: NY: (New) The CSIs investigate a 1920s-inspired speakeasy when one of its owners is murdered and $10,000 goes missing. Meanwhile, Adam spends his day off in an unexpected way.

FOX: Fringe: (New) Olivia encounters a very intuitive oracle-like woman.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Oliver trains the Huntress to be his ally, but Diggle disapproves and believes she can’t be trusted.

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) Holiday survival guide.

CBS: Blue Bloods: (New) When Danny and Kate come up empty-handed with leads for a shooting, Linda helps make a break in the case when she overhears the victim telling his priest who is responsible. Meanwhile, Henry is mugged at an ATM, which sends Jamie into a rage as he tries to track down the assailant.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) When a newlywed is murdered, detectives unravel a mystery that begins with a widow and ends with a potential serial killer. Josh Mankiewicz reports.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Fast N’ Loud at 8 p.m. on DSC 

Chopper Live: Road to Revenge at 9 p.m. on DSC

My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera at 9 p.m. on BIO

WW2 From Space at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10 p.m. on BRAVO 

Jungle Gold at 10 p.m. on DSC

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Whisker Wars at 10 p.m. on IFC 

The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel

Brides of Beverly Hills at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Moneyball on ENC 

Frequency on FMC

Predators on FX

Tower Heist on HBO

Inception on TNT

The Rock at 8:30 on SHO

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause at 9:30 on ABCFAM

Freaky Friday at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX

The Big Heist at 10 p.m. on REELZ

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