WASHINGTON, May 5, 2013 —The decision to move “The Mentalist” from the strong Thursday night CBS lineup to Sunday nights at 10 p.m. would be a death sentence for most shows. Apparently CBS net-heads knew what they were doing, because despite losing the lead in of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Person of Interest,” “The Mentalist” has quietly established itself as a favorite in its 10 p.m. Sunday night time slot.
This is no small accomplishment given the growing distraction of quality cable programming on Sunday nights. So far this year Sunday nights have hosted the record breaking success of shows like “The Bible,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Game of Thrones,” just to name a few.
Despite the competitive time slot, “The Mentalist” has been a regular on Nielsen’s top twenty lists throughout the entire 2012-2013 broadcast season. It should come as no surprise that CBS recently announced the renewal of “The Mentalist” for its sixth season.
As “The Mentalist” wraps up another successful season tonight, it’s worth noting that the theme of flawed but likable sleuths is still strong enough to maintain a devoted audience. This is good news to CBS, and it is good news for the larger part of the TV audience that still prefers a well told story over the contrived drama of reality shows.
Elsewhere tonight HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is in the midst of its most successful season yet. “Game of Thrones” is averaging 13.4 million viewers for season 3 once all airings and DVR playback is accounted for — almost 2 million more than the season 2 average. At its current pace “Thrones” will replace “True Blood” as HBO’s top performer.
Tonight Communities’ writer Gayle Falkenthal is hosting a Live Chat for “Game of Thrones,” beginning at 9 p.m. Join her and fans around the world as they observe and discuss tonight’s episode.
All times are EDT:
CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Lesley Stahl examines counterinsurgency tactics used by police in Springfield, Mass., to combat gangs; Scott Pelley interviews Paul Tudor Jones, founder of the charity Robin Hood Foundation; David Martin reports on brain injuries suffered by soldiers.
NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The knockout round begins. Here, the coaches pit two of their own team members against one another.
ABC: Once Upon a Time: (New) Hook helps Regina with a plan to transport her and Henry back to Fairytale land; Emma grows increasingly suspicious of Tamara; the queen asks Rumpelstiltskin to transform her so that she can kill Snow White.
CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The final four Amazing Race teams are headed to the finish line. They’re on a top secret mission and a high flying adventure.
FOX: The Simpsons: (New) Moe is flying high after venture capitalists take a shine to his homemade whiskey, while Grampa, after injuring himself babysitting Bart, decides he’d rather be looked after by his grandson than be at the nursing home.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Bob chaperones a school trip to the museum and experiences some father-daughter bonding with Louise, while Gene and his gang are on the lookout for exhibits with busts, and not the kind that are sculpted out of stone.
ABC: Revenge: (New) Emily, Aiden and Nolan work to uncover the Fa1c0n’s true identity and stop the Initiative; Emily struggles with her future; Victoria deals with issues after a revealing interview.
FOX: Family Guy: (New) Peter, Quagmire and Joe rally to save their favorite bar when it is shut down after the owner is killed, while Meg takes an after-school job at a funeral parlor.
NBC: The Celebrity Apprentice: (New) John Rich returns as a Boardroom advisor when the teams must design a themed resort suite.
HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) Robb considers a compromise to mend his alliance with House Frey; Melisandre visits the Riverlands; Tywin plans strategic unions for the Lannisters; Jaime’s fate is in Roose Bolton’s hands; Jon prepares for a dangerous climb with the Wildings.
SHOWTIME: Nurse Jackie: (New) Jackie faces conflict with both her daughters, and Zoey is tasked with learning the identity of a mysterious patient.
PBS: Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge: (New) Arthur Conan Doyle convinces Harry to allow a séance to be held at the store. In other events, Agnes transfers to the fashion department and develops a closer relationship with Henri.
FOX: American Dad: (New) Jeff is abducted and put on a slave spaceship after discovering Roger’s secret, and the only way off is for him to prove to an evil alien emperor that Hayley was always his one true love.
ABC: Red Widow: (New) Marta learns new information about Natalie’s kidnapper and her husband’s murder; Gabriel decides to deal with a dangerous problem himself; Kat and Ramos restart their relationship.
CBS: The Mentalist: (New) In the fifth-season finale, Jane narrows down his Red John suspect list to seven individuals while Red John targets someone connected to Jane’s past.
PBS: The Bletchley Circle: (New) In the Season 1 finale, the killer becomes obsessed with Susan and plants a series of false clues in order to lead her into a trap.
HBO: Veep: (New) An embarrassing photo of Selina is released by the White House; Mike regrets bonding with Kent over sailing; Jonah flaunts his executive parking space; Gary brings his girlfriend to lunch with the vice president.
SHOWTIME: The Borgias: (New) Alexander dramatically calls for a Crusade, and King Ferdinand learns that Lucrezia and Alfonso’s marriage has not been consummated.
New episodes of:
Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC
Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 8 and 9 p.m. on TLC
River Monsters at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Married to Medicine at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC
Mad Men at 10 p.m. on AMC
The Kandi Factory at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Welcome to Myrtle Manor at 10 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
The Blind Side on ABCFAM
King Creole on ENC
Die Another Day on FLIX
The Express on FMC
Iron Man 2 on FX
Mary and Martha on HBO
Rose of Washington Square on TCM
The Debt on HBO
Love Actually on MOMAX
Mercury Rising on REELZ
Transsiberian on SHO
Click on STARZ
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on Syfy
About Cherry on TMC
National Lampoon’s European Vacation at 9:30 p.m. on BBC
Funny Girl at 9:45 p.m. on TCM
Underworld: Awakening at 10 p.m. on ENC
Beginners at 10 p.m. on HBO
Judge Dredd at 10:15 p.m. on FLIX
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