TV.com Throwdown: Which Night of the Week Has the Best TV?

Even in the age of the DVR, as television addicts, we often let what's on TV dictate our day-to-day lives. It's scary to think that when network executives lay out the plans for their schedules, they're actually scheduling our lives, man! Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

But not all nights are equal. For some viewers, Monday nights are when they turn off the phone, lock the doors, and sit on the couch to watch "celebrities" boogie on Dancing With the Stars. Others block off every Thursday night to watch Britta say snarky things to Jeff on Community. And a few of you even shun going out on Fridays in hopes that Supernatural's Sam Winchester will take off his shirt. But we're not here to pick and choose, we're here to declare a winner. So we ask you:


This fall season, which night of television has been the best?

Saturday is not even a contender unless the only show you watch regularly is Saturday Night Live, which effectively leaves (quick mathemetics) five, no, SIX options to choose from. ULTIMATE ROYAL RUMBLE THROWDOWN! Let's run through the days of the week according to the first half of the 2011-2012 season:



Sunday

The first day of the week makes a strong case for itself, thanks in large part to cable. AMC, HBO, and Showtime park some of their best shows on this day. On the network side, Fox has its steady Animation Domination block, and ABC has solidified back-to-back-to-back dramas that skew for the ladies.

Highlights: The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Once Upon a Time, The Simpsons, The Good Wife, Hell on Wheels



Monday

Monday is the day the networks really go at each other, clamoring and crawling over each other to win your eyeballs. It's got variety down, so it's a potential favorite night no matter what your tastes in television are. That obviously makes it the best night of television, right? WRONG! Or maybe right. Only you know for sure.

Highlights: House, How I Met Your Mother, Dancing With the Stars, The Sing-Off, Two and a Half Men, Gossip Girl, Terra Nova, Enlightened



Tuesday

Day 2 of the work week includes TV's most-watched scripted show, the breakout new comedy of the season, and enough high-school antics to fill an entire semester. But is all that enough to call it the BEST night of television?

Highlights: Glee, NCIS and its Los Angeles-based cousin, New Girl, Last Man Standing, Ringer, more Dancing With the Stars, Sons of Anarchy, Parenthood, Tosh.0



Wednesday

The networks continue to play musical chairs on Wednesdays, trading their responsibility to air comedies, reality TV, and dramas. This year added a potent comedy block to a night that also holds a reality show that was supposed to be the second coming of Jesus, and whatever it is NBC has. Is the middle of the week weak and middle-of-the-road, or is it a bumpin' Humpday?

Highlights: Modern Family, Suburgatory, Happy Endings, American Horror Story, Survivor: Exotic Country, The X Factor, Revenge, America's Next Top Model, Criminal Minds



Thursday

Thursdays have long been television's battleground, and that continued this fall with a schedule that fits everyone's needs with a mix of teen vampires, mockumentaries, singing competitions, medical dramas, and procedurals. Plus, when it comes to cable, FX ain't no slouch. If you can't find something to watch on TV on Thursday, well then maybe the problem is you.

Highlights: Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Grey's Anatomy, The X Factor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Big Bang Theory



Friday

Remember when only your grandma watched TV on Fridays? Not anymore! TV's so crowded with adequate shows that the end of the week actually has good things to watch, particularly if you're a genre fan.

Highlights: Fringe, Supernatural, Grimm, Blue Bloods, Chuck, Nikita, Boss


Okay! Now that I've reminded you of the names of the days of the week, it's time for you to tell us which night you think has the best TV. Make your case in the comments!


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Sep 30, 2012
Sunday is the best night for dramas all year long: True Blood, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire.

Mondays seem to be packing more good programs of several genres including sports, reality shows, and sitcoms: How I Met Your Mother, Dancing with the Stars, and Monday Nigh Football.

But Thursday is still the reigning champion of comedies: Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Glee.
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Jan 28, 2012
SUNDAY-the good wife,once upon a time,los tgirl,homeland,californication,the walking dead

MONDAY-castle,gossip girl,house,pretty litle liars,alcatraz,being human

TUESDAY-glee,ringer,body of proofy,90210,unforgetable,

WENDESDAY-revenge,criminal minds,one tree hill

THURSDAY-the mentalist,greys anatomy,person of interest,the vampire diaries,the secret circle,the big bang theory

FRIDAY-nikita,supernatural,fringe,chuck,grimm,spartacus,a gifted man



LOVE ALL....
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Dec 27, 2011
It is definitely the Monday, and you are missing two of Monday's best shows from your highlights, they are Hawaii 5-O and Castle.



You are also missing a great Thursday show, Burn Notice, and a great Friday show, Sanctuary.
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Dec 18, 2011
Friday has four of my favorites (Supernatural, Fringe, Chuck, & Blue Bloods), and one other I like (Sanctuary).
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Dec 15, 2011
I love my Wednesday night comedies: 2 hours of ABC sitcoms followed by a great hour of Psych!!
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Dec 15, 2011
What about Breaking Bad on Sundays--the best night of TV. You know this year's best drama series at any upcoming awards show is pretty much going to be one from Sunday night.
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Dec 15, 2011
Sunday & Monday

btw, are we forgetting Dexter for Sunday, Hawaii 5-0 & Castle for Monday?

also there is Burn Notice on Thursday.
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Dec 15, 2011
I used to love Thursdays, but this Fall season I has lived my weeks longing for Sundays.
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Dec 15, 2011
Friday night by far. Sci Fi shows galore.
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Dec 15, 2011
I have favs everyday of the week including Sunday! I guess it would be easier to say Saturday is the worse day! I know it wasn't an option but I love too many shows on each day to choose!
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Dec 14, 2011
monday:

how i met your moter, castle

tuesday:

ncis LA, covertaffairs

thursday:

the big bang theory, person of intrest, burn notise
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Dec 14, 2011
Sunday in general is the best. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead, Homeland, True Blood, Game of Thrones etc. etc. all air on Sundays throughout the year.
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Dec 14, 2011
It has to be Sunday or Thursday, right? And you left Dexter off the Sunday line up when it's the best show on. Sunday has to be it for drama and Thursday for comedy. Parks and Rec, The Office, Sunny, and the League? Doesn't get any funnier.

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Dec 14, 2011
Sunday:

The Walking Dead, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire & Hell on Wheels



Tuesday:

NCIS, Sons of Anarchy & New Girl



Friday:

Fringe, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, Grimm, Chuck, Nikita
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Dec 14, 2011
FRIDAY

i mean just look at those shows!!
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Dec 14, 2011
thursday and sunday
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Dec 13, 2011
In the 1990s, Fridays were the best night until TGIF (ABC) got canceled.
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Dec 13, 2011
So agree!
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Dec 13, 2011
Thursday AND Sunday. Great nights for sofa and tea with cookies!
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Dec 13, 2011
Thursday has the best tv according to me, with: The Vampire Diaries, Community, Bones and The Big Bang Theory. The rest of the days only have 1-2 shows that I watch :)
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Dec 13, 2011
Right now NON, because they all stoped showing new episodes because of the holiday, it sucks to wait such a long time to see new episodes from the same season!! its okay if already ended the season, but why do we have to suffer when it is only half the season?! of EVERY show!!!!
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Dec 13, 2011
Thursday .... it has to be Thursday... along with the above mentioned shows theres also Mentalist & Secret Circle
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Dec 12, 2011
Wed/Thurs/Mondary are all great nights for TV



First you have Wed which the best new drama Revenge along with the most underrated comedy Psych. This along with the 30 min comedies of Modern Family/ Sub/ Happy Ending make this night great. Not to mention it has the best reality tv show Survivor on it.



Thursday used to always win these type of contest and was always known as THE night for TV. Its still great with FX comedies Its always sunny/the league along with Community and big bang. While the office hasn;t been as good this year it still has it moments and Bones isn't what it used to be either but it is still a good show. The Vamp Diaries still suprises me that i'm addiced to it as much as i am since its not going after my genre at all but it is a good show if you give it a chance and Person of Interest is a average cbs show. Burn Notice is also on this night which like other shows isn;t as good as it has been but still an above average show



Monday: This used to be my favorite night of the week but probably not anymore but it still has great shows like How i Met Your Mother, House, Castle, and Hawaii 5-0



Overall i'd say Wed/Thursday is a tie for first( if i had to choose i'd pick Wed since i'mn addicted to both Psych and Revenge) with Monday coming in Second Followed by Friday then Sunday then Tuesday(Without Last man Standing Tuesday is a pretty worthless night for me).
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Dec 12, 2011
Tuesday and Thursday!
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Dec 12, 2011
I think its a tie between Tuesdays and Thurdays, with a little advantage for the later, I love The Mentalist and The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest the best new show of the season,
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Dec 12, 2011
Thursday nights for sure! Between the NBC comedy block and Vampire Diaries/Secret Circle, it's the night I look forward to the most in terms of TV offerings.
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Dec 12, 2011
fridays.Fringe, and Supernatural. I tried watching Grimm but it sux too much to get n2 maybe if it lasts a couple yrs. Ill start watching like I did with Fringe, which is an excellent show and has a great cast.
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Dec 12, 2011
Sunday

Thursday

Friday

Wednesday

Tuesday

Monday
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Dec 12, 2011
Fridays!! Supernatural, Fringe, Grimm, Nikita, and Chuck!
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Dec 12, 2011
Monday or Thursday with How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Or even Tuesday with Last Man Standing and New Girl.
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Dec 12, 2011
Sunday
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Dec 12, 2011
friday!



Fringe, Chuck and Supernatural
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Dec 12, 2011
Friday!!! with fringe, supernatural and nikita
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Dec 12, 2011
Thursday. It's always been the "it" night of television. My Thursday highlights include Person Of Interest, Grey's Anatomy, The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle. But it also has CSI, Community and a host of other things. It's the night of tv where you can pick whatever you like and go for it.



Tuesday may come second with NCIS, NCIS LA, GLee, shows like White Collar and Covert Affairs come on tuesdays. Parenthood. You have a little bit of reality shows thrown in there. It's a solid night of tv. You have options.



I only really look forward to Castle on Mondays. I don't think I watch anything on Fridays outside of fumbling through my busting DVR.



But Sunday is a good night. Leverage, The Good Wife, Once UPon a Time, Desperate Housewives, Amazing Race.
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Dec 12, 2011
Thursday, though that might not be correct anymore when we get to 2012, without Community. Friday is currently my #2 and probably will take the top spot after new year.
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Dec 12, 2011
Thursday is probably THE day to watch TV, but Fridays always gets me the most exited! I just love to root for the underdog.. :)
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Dec 12, 2011
THURSDAY - community, big bang theory, burn notice etc etc etc
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Dec 11, 2011
Easily Thursday. I watch Community, Parks and Rec, the Office, Big Bang Theory, and Grey's Anatomy. My dvr works over time that day. Also, how can you not include Castle on the Monday shows? That's the best one of the night!
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Dec 11, 2011
"it's time for you tell us which night you think has TV."

Ah, it's GOOD to be King!!

Saturday is best!! Why? There's no competion for scanning the dvr & WEB for favs!!

The last commercial I watched was so loud my ears bled. After that, I gave the tube the boot. Within the next 3 months I'll also be cable -free. Currently setting up the H.O.S.T. Hottest Online System Tasker. Designed to simply, effectively, and silently record, sort, and schedule my viewing favs!! Now, if I can juuuuuust get it to learn a good foot rub............
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Dec 11, 2011
Thursday and Wednesday comes to a tie for me. I watch five shows on each day, and I can't decide which has the better ones. Second comes Tuesday. Shared third place is Monday and Sunday, and Friday and Saturday sharing last place with only one show on each.



My Little Pony: Friendship is magic airs on Saturdays people!
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Dec 11, 2011
Definitely Thursday!!! Although I must admit I'm addicted to Homeland..
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Dec 11, 2011
I'd have to say Monday has the best shows going for it. Thursday follows in close second though.
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Dec 11, 2011
Can I go with Sunday and Tuesday? Too many quality shows to pick between the two... it just would not be fair. And that's not including all the stuff on those days that is not on tv right now, like Breaking Bad and Southland.
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Dec 11, 2011
Friday! Fringe gets my heart pumping a little faster every time. :)
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Dec 11, 2011
To tell you the truth, TV has been all-around great this season. So my vote would have to be undecided.
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Dec 11, 2011
Thursdays. Community FTW.
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Dec 11, 2011
Thursday.
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Dec 11, 2011
Sunday with a little Mondays and Thursdays sprinkled in.
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Dec 11, 2011
I am mostly looking forward to Wednesdays because of Suburgatory, Happy Endings, Modern Family, Revenge, Harrys Law and American Horror Story. Thursdays are also quite welcome with largly due to Community, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation.

But if it comes to quality television...i'd have to say Sunday is the day.
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Dec 11, 2011
Sunday (Once Upon a Time and Walking Dead) and Monday (DWTS, and either Rizzoli & Isles or Hawaii 5-0). There IS no other TV night.
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Dec 11, 2011
Sunday and Tuesdays !!
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