WASHINGTON, June 12, 2013 —The NHL finals are an all American event this year, a fact that will go a long way in scoring NBC a much needed ratings boost. It also won’t hurt that Chicago and Boston are great hockey cities with loyal fan bases. The Chicago Blackhawks are slight favorites over the Boston Bruins, but just like San Antonio in the NBA finals, Boston may not realize they are the underdogs.
If hockey doesn’t sound appealing, there is very little on the major broadcast networks worth watching. Last Wednesday night the most watched show was a rerun of “CSI,” but fortunately cable offers some alternatives worthy of consideration.
“Royal Pains” at 9 p.m. on USA network premieres its fifth season tonight. Having Henry Winkler in a recurring role has helped make this one of the top rated shows on cable. Currently airing in more than 40 countries, “Royal Pains” is a definite success, and a cash cow for USA network.
For science geeks, “Outrageous Acts of Science” and “Mythbusters” on Discovery and “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” on Science channel all have new episodes tonight.
History Channel has a devoted male audience that will find relief from summer reruns tonight with new episodes of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy” and “Top Shot All-Stars.”
Not to be outdone, Syfy has new episodes of “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal Witness.” “Ghost Hunters” premiered in 2004, making it the longest running reality series on the Syfy network. In addition “Ghost Hunters” has spawned two spin-offs with over 200 episodes among the three series, cementing its place as the No. 1 paranormal franchise on cable.
It may not be the best night on TV, but with a little channel surfing the night is not a complete waste.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) When Axl, Sue and Brick accidentally break the family room window, they decide to blame the Glossner children — the bad seeds of the neighborhood; Frankie tries to land a prime dental rotation spot.
CBS: The American Baking Competition: (New) The remaining contestants face the challenge of cakes.
FOX: Master Chef: (New) The contestants feed American heroes and take on Sin City.
NBC: Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1: Bruins at Blackhawks: (New) The Blackhawks and Bruins square off tonight at the United Center in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.
CW: Arrow: (Repeat) Assassin Deadshot kills one of Oliver’s targets and then sets his sights on gunning down Walter. To stop him, Oliver enlists the help of Det. Lance, but his plan leads to dire consequences. Meanwhile, Laurel and Tommy get caught in an awkward situation.
ABC: Family Tools: (New) Terry asks Jack to be a role model for Mason; Tony, Darren and Stitch get Ellis a new wheelchair.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Phil can’t accept that Luke wants to quit magic; Gloria’s snoring keeps Jay and Manny awake; Mitch and Cam struggle to deal with their reversed role.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) A gruesome discovery is made when a time capsule is opened 25 years after it was sealed in a small Colorado town. The unit investigates and the evidence suggests that the past crime may be linked to the present death of a local police officer.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) A cop who practices witchcraft is plagued by nightmares in which he kills innocent people.
ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Max helps Polly learn to follow through on doing things.
ABC: The Lookout: (New) Booking an all-inclusive vacation; testing germ levels in various locations; airplane ticket prices.
New episodes of:
Outrageous Acts of Science at 8 p. m. on DSC
How the Universe Works: Expanded Edition at 8 and 9 p.m. on SCI
MythBusters at 9 p.m. on DSC
Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Ghost Hunters at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA
Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC
Chef Roblé at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel
The Real World: Portland at 10 p.m. on MTV
Southern Fried Homicide at 10 p.m. on ID
Paranormal Witness at 10 p.m. on Syfy
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman at 10 p.m. on SCI
Locked Up Abroad at 10 p.m. on NGC
Necessary Roughness at 10 p.m. on USA
Dig Wars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on Travel Channel
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Mummy on AMC
Banshee on CINEMAX
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on ENC
Straight Talk on FLIX
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on FX
The Shawshank Redemption on IFC
360 on SHO
The Virgin Suicides on SUND
Imitation of Life on TCM
School of Rock on TMC
Wild Orchid on CINEMAX
Big Momma’s House on FMC
The Descendants on MOMAX
Monte Carlo at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
Citizen Ruth at 9:35 p.m. on FLIX
Sexy Baby at 10 p.m. on SHO
The Wash at 10 p.m. on BET
The Rains of Ranchipur at 10:15 p.m. on TCM
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