WASHINGTON, October 2, 2013 —Last week NBC had its best Wednesday night premiere in three years. Up 26% from last year, this beleaguered network finally has something to celebrate regarding its programming decisions. How long the celebration at NBC lasts will depend on how well its newest offering “Ironside” does tonight.
For older viewers who remember the original “Ironside” starring Raymond Burr, the remake starring an angry Blair Underwood will be a hard sell. For younger viewers unfamiliar with the original, trying to keep their attention with yet another police procedural may prove to be an exercise in futility.
Early reviews of “Ironside” indicate the show will have a short shelf life, especially when “American Horror Story: Coven” premieres in the same time slot next Wednesday. In just two seasons “American Horror Story” has been nominated for a total of 67 awards with 19 wins.
Also absent from the lineup last Wednesday was CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Last year this show averaged over 11 million viewers, providing yet another reason for NBC to temper any celebration about dominating Wednesday nights throughout the current season.
Regardless of which show prevails in the 10 p.m. time slot, the real winner is the TV audience. This season’s Wednesday night lineup includes a tasty mix of sitcoms, dramas, and cop shows guaranteed to give everyone something to look forward to on hump day.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (New) Sue feels a sense of freedom without Axl at school; Brick struggles with a fear as he starts middle school; Frankie is jealous when she learns that Axl replies to Mike’s texts but not hers.
CBS: Survivor: Blood vs. Water: (New) A family rivalry takes center stage that leads to an emotional breakdown. Meanwhile, one castaway quits the game; and a blindside at tribal council occurs.
FOX: The X Factor: (New) Judges decide which category they will mentor: Girls, Boys, Over 25s or Groups.
NBC: Revolution: (New) Neville hatches a plan, Aaron revives, Charlie stalks Monroe and Miles finds himself in the clutches of a madman.
PBS: Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation: (New) A bird’s-eye tour of Asia and Australia captures Japanese cranes dancing in the snow; swallows and swifts in the Forbidden City; lorikeets, cockatoos and budgies forming giant flocks in Australia; pigeons in India; and geese flying above the Himalayas.
CW: Arrow: Year One: (New) A look back at Season 1 of “Arrow” includes how billionaire Oliver Queen secretly created the persona of Arrow and dished out vigilante justice to thugs who threatened Starling City. Also: a preview of Season 2.
ABC: Back in the Game: (New) Terry is determined to find a job and get out from under her father’s roof; The Cannon tries to help the Angles overcome their fear of being hit by the ball; secrets surround an unused bedroom and bathroom in the house.
ABC: Modern Family: (New) Phil’s job takes up a lot of his time; Luke has his friends over for a poker game; Gloria worries the baby is cursed; Cam hosts a funeral for the cat’s imaginary wife.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) A bizarre familial connection leads the BAU to zero in on a suspect in the ritualistic murders they have been investigating in Arizona.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) A TV cooking star shoots a young black man and claims self-defense. Cybill Shepherd guests.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyways?: (Repeat) Candice Accola appears.
ABC: Super Fun Night: (New) Kimmie’s eagerness to try new things flags when she learns the next destination is a piano bar; Kendall decides to do something about Kimmie and Richard’s friendship.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyways?: (Repeat) Wilson Bethel; Gary Anthony Williams.
ABC: Nashville: (New) Edgehill’s new chief, Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson), is determined to put the label back on top; a reality TV star threatens Juliette’s career.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) The CSIs investigate a murder and robbery at a poker game that had more than $1 million in chips on the table.
NBC: Ironside: (New) Unfazed by a shattered spine, Ironside and his elite team hunt down a broker’s killer.
New episodes of:
Toddlers & Tiaras at 8 p.m. on TLC
DigFellas at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
Million Dollar Listing New York at 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Restaurant Stakeout at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Cheer Perfection at 9 p.m. on TLC
The Unexplained Files at 9 p.m. on SCI
Paranormal Witness at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on OWN
Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Ghost Mine at 10 p.m. on Syfy
The Bridge at 10 p.m. on FX
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Duck Dynasty at 10 p.m. on A&E
Key & Peele at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Mummy Returns on AMC
That’s My Boy on FX
Blues Brothers 2000 on FLIX
Manhunt: The Search For Bin Laden on HBO
Wild Things on HBO
Doctor Dolittle on TCM
Mallrats on TMC
Interview With the Vampire on BBC
For Colored Girls on BET
Snow White and the Huntsman on CINEMAX
Maria Full of Grace on HBO
Dark Shadows on MOMAX
Red State at 9:35 p.m. on TMC
Boomerang at 10 p.m. on ENC
The Woman in Black at 10 p.m. on SHO
Lost In Translation at 10:15 p.m. on SUND
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