Wednesday night brings the heaviest influx of series premieres of the young season, with four new shows debuting on ABC and NBC, along with the returns of two CBS crime dramas and a much tougher test for FOX’s lineup.
Will all that swirling up in the air, our question to you is simple: What are you watching tonight?
The most-scrutinized battle will come at 9 p.m., where ABC’s Private Practice premieres opposite NBC’s Bionic Woman. Both are pre-sold ideas — Practice is a spinoff of Grey’s Anatomy and Bionic is based on the fondly remembered 1970s show of the same name. ABC probably has the advantage here, if only because Private Practice‘s lead-in, the Dancing with the Stars results show, should handily outdraw Deal or No Deal at 8.
Then again, those two could be fighting for second place behind the season premiere of Criminal Minds on CBS. The show didn’t really take the great leap forward after its Super Bowl Sunday broadcast last year, but it’s still a pretty big hit. The premiere will also feature one of the final appearances by Mandy Patinkin, which should goose ratings a bit.
ABC probably also has the edge at 10; Dirty Sexy Money has gotten better reviews than Life, not to mention a bigger promotional push from its network. Again, though, I’d be a little surprised if either show beats CSI: NY, which beat back everything in its path last season.
With all the new stuff out there, as well as ABC’s stunt scheduling of Dancing, FOX will probably take a hit. Back to You, ‘Til Death and Kitchen Nightmares all had decent premieres last week, but that was against weaker competition. Ditto for America’s Next Top Model and Gossip Girl on The CW, although they probably won’t lose too many of the under-35 viewers that make up The C-dub’s target audience.
So what’s your call? What are you watching, and what’s going on the DVR?