TV tonight: ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: LA’ wrap up record setting seasons

Season finales of ‘NCIS’ and ‘NCIS: LA’ clears the way for reality TV Tuesday

Photo: CBS/NCIS

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 —Tonight reality show producers all over Hollywood will celebrate the season finales of CBS ratings giants “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA.” With these two shows in reruns, the night will belong to the four competitive reality shows that currently air on Tuesday nights.

21 million “NCIS” viewers will be looking for replacements, although it’s worth noting that even repeat episodes of the “NCIS” duo have been formidable competition in their respective time slots. When the TV audience would rather watch a repeat of a scripted show than an original broadcast of a reality show, that’s definitely a sign the major network heads are as clueless as ever.


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Since “NCIS” first aired back in 2003, there has been a steady addition of reality shows into the prime time lineup. As the number of reality shows increased, so did the ratings numbers for “NCIS.” The first season of “NCIS” averaged just under 12 million viewers that ranked it 26th in the Nielsen ratings. The current season of “NCIS” is averaging almost 22 million viewers and has consistently been the top ranked show of the TV season.

It doesn’t take a math prodigy to figure out what TV audiences want when given a choice. Nor does it take an expert to conclude TV audiences are weary of reality shows in general.

Now if we could only get the network heads to wake up their bean counters to figure out what everyone else already knows; tell a good story and stop glorifying contrived drama.

In the words of internet sensation “Sweet Brown,” “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”


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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Wipeout: (New) Contestants encounter zombies as they tackle obstacles that include the Pork Chopper, the Tropic Blunder and Tongue Twisters.

CBS: NCIS: (New) The international manhunt for Eli David and Jackie Vance’s killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency.

FOX: So You Think You Can Dance: (New) The search for “America’s Favorite Dancer” begins tonight on the 10th Season of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

NBC: The Voice: (New) America’s picks for the Top 10 are revealed, plus Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. perform live.

CW: Tuesday Night Movie: Leap Year: When Anna’s (Amy Adams) four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

9 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With The Stars: (Live) The couples face elimination; The Wanted and Avril Lavigne perform.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) An explosion in the desert rekindles the search for stolen nuclear weapons and prompts Hetty to shuffle the NCIS: LA partnerships, sending Callen and Kensi overseas and Sam and Deeks teamed up stateside.

FOX: New Girl: (New) The second season ends with Jess and Nick making a decision about their relationship. Meanwhile, Schmidt and Winston plan to sabotage Cece’s wedding, but a surprise announcement throws an additional wrench into the plans. Taylor Swift appears as a wedding guest.

PBS: Constitution USA With Peter Sagal: (New) The freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights are examined through several high-profile stories, including that of a father of a fallen soldier who sued Westboro Baptist Church members for protesting his son’s funeral.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) In the first-season finale, Mindy decides to go on a volunteer mission to Haiti with Casey, so Danny and his ex-wife throw them the mother of all going-away parties.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (New) After an inmate violently escapes from a prison transport van, a witness from his murder trial is found dead; Megan investigates the original case when the fugitive claims he was framed.

CBS: Golden Boy: (New) Clark, relegated to desk duty, tries to solve a cold case from Owen’s past during the Season 1 finale, which also finds him and Margot being threatened at gunpoint by deputy mayor Carlton Holbrook. Elsewhere, Agnes takes off with her father; and Owen gets his promotion.

NBC: Grimm: (New) Nick and Hank rush to stop a dangerous man assembling an “undead army,” as Monroe and Rosalee finally show Juliette their Grimm sides.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Deadliest Catch: The Bait at 8 p.m. on DSC

Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC

Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Polygamy, USA at 9 p.m. on NGC

Airport 24/7: Miami at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

19 Kids and Counting at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Weird or What? at 9 and 10 p.m. on Syfy

The Little Couple at 10 p.m. on TLC

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Tosh.0 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Dead of Night at 10 p.m. on ID

The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius at 10 p.m. on SCI

American Hoggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E

Backyard Oil at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Gone in 60 Seconds on AMC

This is Elvis on ENC

Mallrats on FLIX

Star Trek on FX

Snow White and the Huntsman on HBO

Stop-Loss on IFC

The Good Girl on SUND

Kiss of Death on TCM

9 p.m.

Beetlejuice on ABCFAM

Alvin and the Chipmunks on FMC

Green Lantern on HBO

Edward Scissorhands on MOMAX

Hope Springs on STARZ

Warhorse on SHO

Later tonight:

Orlando at 9:30 p.m. on SUND

Why Is It? At 9:44 p.m. on TCM

The Notebook at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

The Five-year Engagement at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Cop Land at 10:30 p.m. on IFC

Man on a Ledge at 10:30 p.m. on SHO


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