WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2013 —Tonight CBS welcomes back new seasons of ratings giants “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA.” Last season both shows easily won their respective time slots, and the original “NCIS” was the most watched scripted show on TV, averaging almost 22 million viewers per episode. This dynamic duo is so well liked that even during summer reruns the two shows stayed at the top of the ratings.
To cement their dominance of Tuesday nights, CBS has recruited “Person of Interest” to fill tonight’s 10 p.m. slot. All three shows finished in the top five last season, making any new shows on the other networks irrelevant before their seasons even start.
ABC’s new show “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has the formidable task of competing with “NCIS,” an effort that will fail despite being an extension of the popular Avengers movie franchise. In another time slot this show would probably do well, but competing with the most popular show on TV is no way to establish a loyal audience.
“NCIS” also has nothing to fear from its competition on FOX. Seth MacFarlane’s newest show “Dads” has managed to offend critics and audiences alike by banking on politically incorrect characters to carry the show. “Dads” has an early lead in the race to be the first new show that is cancelled, so don’t bother watching the few episodes that will air before this happens.
On basic cable, “Sons of Anarchy” was the easy winner last Tuesday night with almost five million viewers tuning in. For those of us who prefer watching crimes being committed rather than solved, “Sons of Anarchy” will provide an enjoyable alternative to “Person of Interest.” A little anarchy goes a long way these days, especially when it has a great sound track in the background.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: (New) As the world comes to grips with the existence of superheroes and aliens, agent Phil Coulson assembles a small group of highly skilled agents; the team’s first assignment is to find a man with extraordinary — and potentially devastating — powers.
CBS: NCIS: (New) Season 11 begins with an explosion at a black-tie affair in Washington, D.C. The tragic event results in a casualty who is connected to the agency. Down three agents, Gibbs and Parsons are forced to work together on the case.
FOX: Dads: (New) Eli and Warner discover the trick to getting along with their dads after David and Crawford inadvertently consume a batch of “medicinally enhanced” baked goods intended to get Eli’s creative juices flowing.
NBC: The Voice: (New) The blind auditions continue.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (New) Guests include Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson plus comedian Nyima Funk.
PBS: Latino Americans: (New) Recalling the contributions that Latino Americans made during World War II and the years that followed, plus the discrimination they faced and their fight for civil rights. Also: remembering the post-WWII influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico.
FOX: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: (New) Jake is assigned to investigate a graffiti case that he feels is beneath him, but things get complicated when he learns that the offender is the deputy commissioner’s son. Elsewhere, Gina’s psychic friend visits the precinct and evaluates Charles.
CW: Whose Line is it Anyway?: (Repeat) Maggie Q; with comedian Nyima Funk.
ABC: The Goldbergs: (New) Hoping to receive a car for his birthday, Barry is shocked by what his mother gives him; Adam asks Pop for advice.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) Season 5 begins with the team searching for stolen nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Sam and Deeks are hospitalized after being tortured.
CW: Capture: (New) he final four teams near the end of a long and grueling trial in the wilderness. With only days left in the game, the teams that survive this hunt will advance to the final three.
ABC: Trophy Wife: (New) Still feeling like she is proving herself to her three stepchildren and her husband’s two ex-wives, Kate offers to handle a parent-teacher meeting; an incident with vodka puts Kate in a compromising position.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) As if Mindy’s long-distance relationship with Casey isn’t hard enough, now she has to deal with her new nemesis, Dr. Paul Leotard, taking over the office. Meanwhile, Danny discovers a new pastime in the wake of his breakup with Christina.
ABC: Lucky Seven: (New) After years of chipping into a lottery pool, seven gas station employees are changed as their dream comes true.
CBS: Person of Interest: (New) Reese and Shaw struggle to find a naval officer among all those in town for Fleet Week; Carter puts a plan in motion to get rid of those who set her up; Root tests her new surroundings.
NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Firehouse 51 takes on new blood and new rules to avoid closure, while Severide faces a dangerous arsonist.
New episodes of:
I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding at 8 and 9 p.m. on BRAVO
Amish Mafia: The Devil’s Cut at 8 and 9 p.m. on DSC
Face Off at 8 and 9 p.m. on Syfy
Top Gear at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Snake Salvation at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC
19 Kids and Counting at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC
Tickle at 10 p.m. on DSC
Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO
The New Atlanta at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Tosh.0 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Sons of Anarchy at 10 p.m. on FX
Catfish: The TV Show at 10 p.m. on MTV
Doomsday Castle at 10 p.m. on NGC
The Little Couple at 10 p.m. on TLC
Cold Justice at 10 p.m. on TNT
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
Brickleberry at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central
For movie lovers:
Pulp Fiction on AMC
Tomorrow Never Dies on ENC
Columbiana on FX
Kiss of Death on SUND
Zero For Conduct on TCM
Any Which Way You Can on REELZ
Halloween: Resurrection on TMC
Hitchcock at 9 p.m. on HBO
Barricade at 9:30 p.m. on TMC
Taken 2 at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Parental Guidance at 10 p.m. on HBO
Pathfinder at 10 p.m. on IFC
Independence Day at 10:05 p.m. on ENC
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