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Thursday, April 28, 2011

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, April 28

May sweeps begins with an incredibly crowded night of programming. There are new episodes of many hit shows including Steve Carell's final episode of The Office (scroll down a few posts to see my tribute to his great character). Plus, all these shows will be competing with the NFL draft (not to mention those who may go to bed early to get up for the Royal Wedding!)

ABC
8:00 20/20: The Royal Wedding (SPECIAL)
9:00 Grey's Anatomy #145 "It's a Long Way Back"
10:00 Private Practice #73 "What We Have Here" 
ABC is all new and starting with another special on the Royal Wedding which probably won’t be too different from a first-run Wipeout episode but possibly a little older skewing. Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice are new again. With the competition and not being new for three weeks, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them down a bit and Grey’s could be down a lot from its musical episode (which was the last new airing).
Prediction: 2020 – 6.9 million, 1.7/Grey’s – 10.4 million, 3.7/Practice – 7.1 million, 2.5

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #84 "The Agreement Dissection"
8:30 Rules of Engagement #69 "The Jeff Photo"
9:00 CSI #249 "Father of the Bride"
10:00 The Mentalist #66 "Redacted"
CBS is all new with its regular lineup. There’s a lot of competition but CBS shows tend to be generally steady. They could all be down a hair from the last new airing though (that could mean a season low for The Big Bang Theory though).
Prediction: Big Bang – 11.2 million, 3.6/Rules – 8.2 million, 2.4/CSI – 12.5 million, 2.8/Mentalist – 14.1 million, 2.8

NBC
8:00 Community #47 "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts"
8:30 The Office #145 "Garage Sale" (REPEAT)
9:00 The Office #148 "Goodbye Michael"
9:50 Parks and Recreation #41 "Jerry's Painting"
10:30 30 Rock #102 "Everything Sunny All the Time"
NBC is mostly new with a slightly altered lineup. Community should be fairly steady and a repeat of The Office replaces the cancelled Paul Reiser Show and will probably be up from those paltry numbers. At 9pm is a supersized episode of The Office bidding farewell to series star Steve Carell. There’s a lot of competition but this will certainly get a big audience, probably a season high. It is followed by a supersized Parks and Recreation which may see a small bump but not much as it has its own audience. Finally, 30 Rock airs at 10:30 and will probably be down from last week’s one hour episode.
Prediction: Community – 3.3 million, 1.4/Office 8:30 – 3.0 million, 1.3/Office 9:00 – 8.9 million, 4.5/Parks – 5.1 million, 2.6/30 Rock – 4.0 million, 2.0

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Bones #126 "The Pinocchio in the Planter"
FOX is all new with its regular lineup. Both shows could be down a bit from last week with much fiercer competition.
Prediction: Idol – 19.4 million, 5.7/Bones – 10.2 million, 3.0

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