March Sweeps 2009

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Okay, we're going to lay it right out on the line for you: this year's winter sweeps period is all kinds of messed up. The digital TV conversion, originally scheduled for February, posed such a threat to ratings that the networks decided to postpone sweeps until March. Since that's never been done before, there are no numbers to use for comparison--and what's more, the results won't be in until May, when another sweeps period begins. So it seems that most networks are saving their major ratings stunts until later in the year, leaving us with a less-than-spectacular winter sweeps. That said, there are still a few bright spots on this month's schedule, so we figured we'd let you know what sounds good to us. Will you be watching?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Today is the Day, Part 1 of 2
Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m.

Catch the first of a two-part installment tonight! Jesse experiences an enlightening flashback, and Sarah and John make plans to move out of their house.

Dollhouse: True Believer
Friday, March 13, 9:00 p.m.

Echo is imprinted as a blind girl in order to infiltrate a cult. Brian Bloom guest stars as the cult's dangerously magnetic leader.

House: Here Kitty
Monday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.

Judy Greer guest stars as a nursing-home worker who, spooked by a visit from the facility's "kiss-of-death" cat, seeks help from a skeptical House.

24: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM
Monday, March 16, 9:00 p.m.

Jon Voight returns as Jonas Hodges, the latest evil nemesis of Jack Bauer, as one horrible night gets darker.

Lie to Me: The Best Policy
Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.

D.W. Moffett guest stars as an old friend of Lightman's who hires our hero to root out a corporate star at a drug company--where Lightman discovers a conspiracy that could put thousands of consumers at risk.

American Idol
Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 p.m.

We're one step closer to crowning the next American Idol as another hopeful contestant is sent home tonight.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter, Part 2 of 2
Friday, March 20, 8:00 p.m.

Catch the second of a two-part installment tonight! Jesse's adventures in the future take a deadly toll on the present; Sarah deals with the malfunctioning Cameron; and John makes a weighty decision.

COPS: 750th Episode
Saturday, March 21, 8:00 p.m.

It's another major anniversary for COPS! Tonight's episode heads to Hillsborough County, Florida, where dastardly suspects are nabbed stealing gas and snorting drugs.

The Simpsons: In the Name of the Grandfather
Sunday, March 22, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by joining the Simpsons on their journey to Dunkilderry, Ireland, where Grampa's desire to reconnect with his homeland results in a desperate effort to save O'Flanagan's Pub.

House: Locked In
Monday, March 23, 8:00 p.m.

House heads to Manhattan for tonight's episode, told mostly from the perspective of a paralyzed patient (guest star Mos Def), finds an injured House trying to help his hospital roommate while guarding the secret of why he was in New York in the first place.

24: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM
Monday, March 23, 9:00 p.m.

The President's daughter, Olivia (Sprague Grayden), becomes wrapped up in the dangerous political events of the day, and a piece of horrible news comes to the administration.

Lie to Me: Life is Priceless
Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.

A building collapse in a small town leads to the discovery of something much more sinister. Pej Vahdat and Virginia Williams guest star.

Bones: The Doctor in the Den
Thursday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.

When the mauled body of Cam's ex-fiance is found in the tiger pit at the zoo, suspicions of murder arise. Chad Lowe guest stars.

Hell's Kitchen
Thursday, March 26, 9:00 p.m.

The nine remaining chefs take a taste-test challenge, and guest celebrities Eric McCormack and Robert Patrick stop by for dinner.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: To the Lighthouse
Friday, March 27, 8:00 p.m.

Sarah hides John in a safe house under the care of Charley Dixon (guest star Dean Winters); Cameron reveals a big secret to Derek; and Weaver's plans are at risk due to the actions of an unknown person.

House: Simple Explanation
Monday, March 30, 8:00 p.m.

Rocker Meat Loaf guest stars as an ailing older man whose condition mysteriously improves as the health of his doting wife (Colleen Camp) worsens, causing much consternation among the hospital staff.

24: 11:00 PM-12:00 AM
Monday, March 30, 9:00 p.m.

Jack Bauer faces sudden changes in his game plan, and the FBI finds itself struggling to work with other government agencies. Can Bauer and the administration find a better way to look at their immense problems?

Okay, we're going to lay it right out on the line for you: this year's winter sweeps period is all kinds of messed up. The digital TV conversion, originally scheduled for February, posed such a threat to ratings that the networks decided to postpone sweeps until March. Since that's never been done before, there are no numbers to use for comparison--and what's more, the results won't be in until May, when another sweeps period begins. So it seems that most networks are saving their major ratings stunts until later in the year, leaving us with a less-than-spectacular winter sweeps. That said, there are still a few bright spots on this month's schedule, so we figured we'd let you know what sounds good to us. Will you be watching?

Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Lasagna
Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m.

Debbie Allen directs tonight's episode, in which Tisha Campbell-Martin of My Wife and Kids returns in the role of Peaches.

The Game: Punk Ass Chauncey
Friday, March 13, 8:30 p.m.

Michael Boatman of Spin City guest stars as Malik's long-lost father, Chauncey.

Gossip Girl: Age of Dissonance
Monday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.

Sebastian Stan of Kings returns as Chuck's nemesis, Carter Baizen.

Smallville: Hex
Thursday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.

Tom Welling directs tonight's episode, in which Chloe learns why you should always be careful what you wish for...

Gossip Girl: Remains of the J
Monday, March 30, 8:00 p.m.

Tamara Feldman of Dirty Sexy Money returns as Poppy Lifton; Armie Hammer guest stars as Poppy's philandering boyfriend Arnie. Expect these two to stick around!

90210
Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 p.m.

Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights returns as Rhonda; Matt Lanter of Heroes returns as Liam.

Okay, we're going to lay it right out on the line for you: this year's winter sweeps period is all kinds of messed up. The digital TV conversion, originally scheduled for February, posed such a threat to ratings that the networks decided to postpone sweeps until March. Since that's never been done before, there are no numbers to use for comparison--and what's more, the results won't be in until May, when another sweeps period begins. So it seems that most networks are saving their major ratings stunts until later in the year, leaving us with a less-than-spectacular winter sweeps. That said, there are still a few bright spots on this month's schedule, so we figured we'd let you know what sounds good to us. Will you be watching?

Numb3rs: 12:01 AM
Friday, March 13, 10:00 p.m.

Pau Gasol and Jordan Farmer of the L.A. Lakers s how up to help Charlie whip the CalSci basketball team into shape. Meanwhile, the team has mere hours to investigate some last-minute information that could stop the scheduled execution of a mob boss.

Cold Case: Officer Down
Sunday, March 15, 9:00 p.m.

The team deals with the aftermath of a shooting that left a partner injured. Clarence Williams III (The Mod Squad, The General's Daughter) and Sharif Atkins (ER) guest star.

NCIS: Knockout
Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 p.m.

Paula Newsome of Women's Murder Club
guest stars as Jackie Vance, and Obba Babatunde of Miss Evers' Boys guest stars as her old rival Joe Banks.

Without a Trace: Voir Dire
Tuesday, March 17, 10:00 p.m.

The team investigates the case of a missing murder trial consultant, and Samantha and Jack adjust to the changes in Brian's relationship with Finn. Vanessa Marcil of Las Vegas
guest stars.

Criminal Minds: Omnivore
Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 p.m.

Thomas C. Howell of The Outsiders guest stars in tonight's episode, in which the return of a serial killer reminds Agent Hotchner of his early days on the job.

CSI: NY: Point of No Return
Wednesday, March 18, 10:00 p.m.

A former medical examiner is found dead, leading the team to discover the unsavory source of a mysterious white powder. Pop princess Ashlee Simpson and her rocker husband Pete Wentz guest star as "Bonnie and Clyde Wannabes."

Rules of Engagement: Lyin' King
Monday, March 30, 9:30 p.m.

Jeff and Audrey break plans with Jennifer and Adam when they are invited to a way cooler event. Jerry Rice guest stars as himself.

Okay, we're going to lay it right out on the line for you: this year's winter sweeps period is all kinds of messed up. The digital TV conversion, originally scheduled for February, posed such a threat to ratings that the networks decided to postpone sweeps until March. Since that's never been done before, there are no numbers to use for comparison--and what's more, the results won't be in until May, when another sweeps period begins. So it seems that most networks are saving their major ratings stunts until later in the year, leaving us with a less-than-spectacular winter sweeps. That said, there are still a few bright spots on this month's schedule, so we figured we'd let you know what sounds good to us. Will you be watching?

Dancing with the Stars
Tuesday, March 17, 9:00 p.m.

Former DWTS contestant Jewel, who was sidelined due to an unfortunate injury, returns to the show tonight to perform her version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Also tonight, we'll find out which couple will be the first to go home.

Scrubs: My Nah Nah Nah
Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 p.m.

Turk finds surgical inspiration while watching SportsCenter, leading him to try a risky procedure on a paralyzed teen.

Lost: Namaste
Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 p.m.

Some old friends drop in on Sawyer, forcing him to dig himself deeper into a pit of lies.

Ugly Betty: The Sex Issue
Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m.

A sex-focused issue of Mode gives Marc and Amanda inspiration to make over Betty's love life in an effort to help her take things to the next level with Matt.

Grey's Anatomy: Stand By Me
Thursday, March 19, 9:00 p.m.

Meredith is determined to do whatever she can to convince Derek to return to work; Mark attempts a face transplant surgery; and Izzie hides a medical secret.

Scrubs: Their Story II
Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.

Finally, Cox shows J.D. some respect! Tune in to find out why.

Lost: He's Our You
Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 p.m.

The situation on the island gets more than a little weird when one person "goes rogue," risking the lives of everyone.

Grey's Anatomy: Elevator Love Letter
Thursday, March 26, 9:00 p.m.

It's an intense day at the hospital as Derek returns to work, Izzie faces complicated surgery, and Owen's PTSD causes a violent rift in his relationship with Cristina.

Okay, we're going to lay it right out on the line for you: this year's winter sweeps period is all kinds of messed up. The digital TV conversion, originally scheduled for February, posed such a threat to ratings that the networks decided to postpone sweeps until March. Since that's never been done before, there are no numbers to use for comparison--and what's more, the results won't be in until May, when another sweeps period begins. So it seems that most networks are saving their major ratings stunts until later in the year, leaving us with a less-than-spectacular winter sweeps. That said, there are still a few bright spots on this month's schedule, so we figured we'd let you know what sounds good to us. Will you be watching?

Kings: Premiere
Sunday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.

Finally, Deadwood's amazing Ian McShane returns to TV! Don't miss the two-hour premiere of this epic new drama set in a modern-day monarchy.

Life: 3 Women
Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 p.m.

Gabrielle Union joins the Life cast as an over-achieving detective assigned to work with Crews.

Law & Order: SVU: Ballerina
Tuesday, March 17, 10:00 p.m.

Carol Burnett and Matthew Lillard guest star as a strip club owner and her nephew who try to help the team investigate the violent death of an exotic dancer.

My Name is Earl: Witch Lady
Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m.

Betty White of The Golden Girls guest stars as the "crazy witch lady" whom Earl tormented as a child. Turns out, she really is crazy!

The Office: New Boss
Thursday, March 19, 9:00 p.m.

Idris Elba of The Wire guest stars as a company Vice President who puts a damper on Michael's plans for his 15th anniversary party.

30 Rock: The Bubble
Thursday, March 19, 9:30 p.m.

Liz learns that her boyfriend (Jon Hamm, Mad Men) is cruising through life on his good looks. Meredith Vieira also guest stars.

Heroes: Cold Snap
Monday, March 23, 9:00 p.m.

Swoozie Kurtz guest stars as an old friend of Angela's who helps her avoid capture.

Medium: A Necessary Evil
Monday, March 23, 10:00 p.m.

Kurtwood Smith appears as the ghost of FBI Agent Cooper, who pays a visit to Allison in order to help her pursue a murderer--but are the ghost's intentions as pure as they seem?

ER: I Feel Good
Thursday, March 26, 10:00 p.m.

The ER doctors help out at a camp for children who've had open-heart surgery. Tom Arnold guest stars.

30 Rock: Apollo, Apollo
Thursday, March 26, 9:30 p.m.

Jack throws himself a 50th birthday party themed around his happy childhood memories; Liz's boyfriend clues her in to his addiction; and Kenneth and Pete try to make Tracy's boyhood dream come true. Dean Winters returns as Dennis Duffy.

Chuck: Chuck Versus the Broken Heart
Monday, March 30, 8:00 p.m.

Battlestar Galactica's Tricia Helfer guest stars as a ruthless agent sent to evaluate Sarah's performance as Chuck's handler.

Medium: Truth Be Told
Monday, March 30, 10:00 p.m.

Allison develops a new ability to determine when people are lying to her. Mark Steines of Entertainment Tonight guest stars.

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