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Is Tuesday 10PM the New Thursday 9PM?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:01AM
Rescue Me, Denis LearySummer TV programming used to be a wasteland of reruns, reruns and more reruns. Seasons ran from September to May, and that's the way it was and we liked it! OK, we didn't really like it, but it got all the kids outside for the summer. But no more of that nonsense. We'll keep 'em glued to the tube year-round now.

Cable networks have been launching new and returning shows in the summer, and it makes sense, because they don't have the tough competition from the broadcast networks. Along with that, though, are seriously competitive timeslots, especially Tuesday at 10PM. If we didn't know better, we'd think it was Thursday at 9PM. You know, 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Office,' 'CSI,' 'Fringe,' and 'Supernatural,' among others. That's some serious competition.

Likewise, Tuesday at 10PM is really crowded, with popular and up-and-coming shows like 'The Good Wife,' 'V,' 'Parenthood,' and 'Justified,' and that doesn't look to change in the near future.

Let's look at what's on tap for the Tuesday 10PM timeslot this summer. In July, USA will launch 'Covert Affairs,' an action drama about a young CIA trainee (Piper Perabo) who's unexpectedly promoted to field operative. Offering a good launch pad is the new Tuesday 9PM timeslot for USA's 'White Collar.'

On TNT beginning June 22, Jason Lee stars in 'Memphis Beat' (formerly known as 'Delta Blues'), about a Tennessee cop who lives with his mom and has a connection to the city he patrols. Premiering on A&E July 13 is 'The Glades,' a crime procedural set in Florida. Meanwhile, FX will return with season six of 'Rescue Me' on June 29.

Unlike the diverse mix of the Thursday 9PM timeslot, there's a lot of cop action in the Tuesday 10PM slot. I realize there's a whole lot of science and research that goes into TV viewing habits, but is it a smart move to schedule them all on the same night? Out of shows listed above, which will you watch?

Which show will you watch on Tuesday at 10PM?
Covert Affairs (USA)172 (22.5%)
Memphis Beat (TNT)165 (21.6%)
The Glades (A&E)36 (4.7%)
Rescue Me (FX)332 (43.4%)
None of the above; I'll tell you in the comments60 (7.8%)

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Failed to mention that unlike the standard networks the majority of FX or USA shows are rerun a few times so beyond dvr'ing you can catch them again in a hour or 2 or on another night. TNT is usually night of reruns while FX & USA rerun night of and one or two other nights.

April 28 2010 at 1:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks to the glory of the internet, I am not beholden to tv schedules ANY MORE.

April 27 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

See how confusing I forgot Justified! I don't even think a TiVo would help.

April 27 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh! They are killing me with the schedule. Tuesdays is so full already at 10pm. I have The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy, White Collar, Royal Pains, Rescue Me. Granted all of them except Good Wife run one after another on FX but still. Last season Fridays were just as bad (Stargate Universe, Dollhouse, Numbers, Sanctuary). Sundays were about the same (Cold Case, Army Wives). Can't they spread this around. Why would you put your show up against a show on another network with a similar story on the same night? How about Monday, Wednesday, Thursday hell even Saturday? I actually had to print out a calendar to keep the shows straight. My kids laugh at me!!!

April 27 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sorry White Collar and Royal Pains are on USA. Which makes it worse. Three channels to watch on the same night and same time. I get hand cramps changing the channel during the 10 pm hour.

April 27 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tuesday at 10PM is a lot like Sunday at 10PM which used to be Thursday at 10PM, which had a lot of similarity to Monday at 10PM, which displaced Wednesday at 10PM, but was never close to Friday at 10PM or Saturday at 10PM which more like Tuesday at 8PM.

April 27 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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