WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 — Despite heavy promotion and having “The Voice” as a lead-in, last Tuesday, NBC’s “Ready For Love” premiere posted dismal Nielsen numbers. While “The Voice” continued its reign as the most watched reality show on TV with 13 million viewers, “Ready For Love” had a paltry 3.8 million viewers.
Apparently attaching a big name like Eva Longoria to a matchmaking program isn’t reason enough to keep people from flipping the channel. That said, “Ready For Love” is such a ridiculous show that it is an unintentional parody of reality TV programming.
Contrived drama, commercial break cliffhangers, and ridiculously sappy back-stories are all reality TV staples, but Ms. Longoria’s new show elevates them beyond gimmicks to the realm of the absurd.
The only thing more ridiculous than the show’s unnecessarily complicated format is the handsome contestants’ insistence that they actually need help finding women. For this reason let’s hope “Ready For Love” is soon relegated to the Saturday night graveyard of shows we all want to disappear.
Counting CW’s “America’s Next Top Model,” Tuesday night programming boasts six competitive reality shows. The major networks need a major wake-up call if they think TV audiences prefer reality TV over compelling and entertaining scripted shows. That’s particularly true in light of yesterday’s tragic encounter with actual reality and its grim aftermath last night in Boston.
But the networks go on and on with their trivial (and cheap to produce) nonsense, no matter how sleazy, off base, or just plain inappropriate. When they get the message from the public loud and clear is anyone’s guess. But until that time, expect Tuesday night to continue to belong to CBS and its NCIS franchise, which, although Hollywoodized to an extent, still manages to tell compelling stories about the kind of real American heroes who deal with genuine reality every day.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Splash: (New) The remaining celebrities compete; the two celebrities with the lowest scores face each other in a dive-off.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) Sam’s most private secrets are threatened to be revealed during the continued investigation into the death of a CIA agent who once worked with Sam.
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) The chefs are challenged to create six Chinese dishes that will be judged by chef Martin Yan. Later, during the dinner service, problems arise with a disappointed VIP guest.
NBC: The Voice: (New) The battle round resumes. Advisers are Hillary Scott, Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow and Joel Madden.
CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) When the town decides to put on a performance of Shakespeare’s most iconic scenes, George (Scott Porter) and Zoe (Rachel Bilson) refuse to play Romeo and Juliet, but eventually agree just to prove to everyone that they are over each other.
ABC: Dancing With The Stars: (Live) The couples face elimination; Selena Gomez, The Band Perry and Kerli perform.
CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) The NCIS team tracks an infamous hacker, who may hold the key to bringing down the most wanted cyber-terrorist in the world.
FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Nick suspects that one of Jess’ night-school students is hiding something; Winston and Cece have an embarrassing encounter.
NBC: Ready For Love: (New) After a shocking elimination in the premiere episode, it is now Ben Patton and Ernesto Arguello’s turn to meet their ladies.
CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The models pose as taxidermy. Later, the first girl is eliminated.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy offers a job to an ex-con after she’s put in charge of hiring a new nurse; Jeremy relies on his ability to end relationships when he has to fire an older, troublemaking health-care professional.
ABC: Body of Proof: (New) A wealthy fund manager accused of defrauding investors is kidnapped; Megan gets closer to discovering the truth about her dad.
CBS: Golden Boy: (New) The team search for the killer of a priest, an investigation that leads them to suspect a criminal informant from a previous case is responsible for this murder. Elsewhere, Agnes is determined to find her missing mom.
New episodes of:
Deadliest Catch: The Bait at 8 p.m. on DSC
Secret Service Secrets at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI
Income Property at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC
Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on LIFE
Hardcore Pawn at 9 p.m. on truTv
19 Kids and Counting at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC
Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel
Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us at 9 and 10 p.m. on NGC
Deadliest Catch: Legend of the Time Bandit at 10 p.m. on DSC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Robot Combat League at 10 p.m. on Syfy
American Restoration at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
For movie lovers:
The Breakfast Club on AMC
Cars 2 on ENC
Cocktail on FLIX
Monsters vs. Aliens on TMC
Battle: Los Angeles on FX
The Descendants on HBO
Lethal Weapon 2 on IFC
The Iron Lady on SHO
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest on SUND
Yo Yo on TCM
The Woman in Black on TMC
Safe House on HBO
Die Hard 2 on MOMAX
Elf on STARZ
I Melt With You at 9:35 p.m. on TMC
MY Week With Marilyn at 9:45 p.m. on SHO
Click at 9:50 p.m. on ENC
Chronicle at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Lethal Weapon 3 at 10:30 p.m. on IFC
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