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Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE RUNDOWN: Thursday, January 22

Thursday night is a week before the Parenthood series finale and the return of TGIT on ABC. But there's plenty to look at this week. Most important is the series premiere of FOX's Backstrom. The show has gotten a ton of promotion and an American Idol lead-in still means a little something. But I don't see it being an Empire-type deal or anywhere close. It just doesn't seem like it's going to resonate with viewers, but we'll see. Elsewhere, NBC has the series finales of the cancelled Bad Judge and A to Z and ABC has the season finale of The Taste. The CBS lineup will have to go at it again with another repeat lead-in from The Big Bang Theory.

ABC
8:00 The Taste (Season Finale)
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder #9 "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Taste - 3.4 million, 0.9

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #165 "The Expedition Approximation" (REPEAT)
8:30 Mom #33 "Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling"
9:00 Two and a Half Men #257 "For Whom the Booty Calls"
9:30 The McCarthys #11 "The Ref"
10:00 Elementary #59 "The Illustrious Client"
Prediction: Mom - 10.4 million, 2.4/Men - 9.3 million, 2.0/McCarthys - 7.0 million, 1.6/Elementary - 7.6 million, 1.4

NBC
8:00 The Biggest Loser
9:00 Bad Judge #13 "Case Closed" (SERIES FINALE)
9:30 A to Z #13 "M is for Meant to Be" (SERIES FINALE)
10:00 Parenthood #102 "We Made it Through the Night"
Prediction: Loser - 4.4 million, 1.2/Judge - 2.8 million, 0.8/A to Z - 2.0 million, 0.6/Parenthood - 4.2 million, 1.3

FOX
8:00 American Idol
9:00 Backstrom #1 "Dragon Slayer" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Idol - 9.1 million, 2.3/Backstrom - 7.9 million, 1.9

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