What's Your Least-Favorite Night of TV? (We're Looking At You, Tuesday)

Last night, NBC debuted its heavily promoted new singing competition, The Voice. The Voice, of course, is the network's answer to American Idol and a show it hopes will fix some of its problems. At its peak, more than 12 million viewers watched the program, according to Nielsen ratings.

Over on ABC, the successful dancing competition Dancing With the Stars waltzed to the tune of 18.5 million viewers at its peak, taking up two hours of the network's Tuesday-night schedule.

Fox, for its part, aired a supersized new episode of Glee, which features plenty of singing and dancing numbers performed by McKinley High School's Glee Club. Even with a season-low rating, the 90-minute, Lady GaGa-assisted tribute to self-acceptance still drew more than 8 million viewers.

In fact, five and a half hours out of 13 available hours of primetime programming were taken up by shows that feature singing, dancing, or both. Add NBC's The Biggest Loser, and you've got another hour of programming devoted to losing weight. In other words, if you're into singing, dancing, and/or inspiring weight loss, you had plenty of options to pick from. But if you're not, Tuesday night was awfully lonely.

Do Tuesdays really need that much singing, dancing, and weight losing? I don't mean to knock the programs or the taste of the fans who watch them; I simply want to lodge a complaint about the evening's lack of variety. Where's the action show, the science-fiction series, or the comedy block—and why aren't any of the major networks seizing the opportunity to cash in on audiences who like those types of programming instead of trying to cannibalize each other? If you owned a restaurant with a rotating menu, would you serve pizza on the same day as everyone else on the block?

If you take at the options offered elsewhere on Tuesdays, CBS stocks the night with procedurals (NCIS, NCIS: LA) and The Good Wife, while The CW boasts teen soaps Hellcats (which features plenty of dancing as it's about cheerleaders) and One Tree Hill. In addition to Glee, Fox airs Raising Hope, which is misplaced without a buddy comedy companion (Traffic Light usually rounds out the hour). And ABC goes with Body of Proof in the 10pm hour. Even cable has been a desert since the end of FX's Lights Out. Syfy, which should be airing sci-fi, instead gives us a cooking show (Marcel's Quantum Kitchen).

Again, I don't mean to rail against NCIS, Glee, or anything else that airs on Tuesdays. But who do I call to complain about the networks' lack of Tuesday-night variety? There just doesn't seem to be anything appealing for the generic, beer-swigging, 18-49 year-old male who isn't into procedurals, making the night a perfect opportunity for me to go out on the town, watch sports (NHL Playoffs, go Sharks!), or *gasp* read a book.

Do any of you have Tuesday-night recommendations, or are you in the same boat? How would you advise the networks to fix their schedules?


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Now that the summer shows have started usa has a ton of original shows, including Covert Affairs (best summer show yet) and White Collar.
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sat is terrible. tues is ncis/ncis la and the good wife. i record them, am out and never think past go...i do keep an ongoing rating of the shows and they are consistanly entertaining...esp good wife!
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I would have to agree that Saturday night is the worst night for TV. There are very few original programing choices (I should add that I'm 'cable challenged', which further restricts my choices!)
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Thursday is by far the worst night for tv. The thur. night NBC lineup is not very funny and consistently gets very low ratings. Last week NBC 's lineup from 8pm to 11pm was watched by 18.8 million viewers.....I can't help laughing. While one show on FOX, American Idol was watched by 19.6 mil. What the hell are the suits at NBC thinking???
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I'm disabled and seldom go out at night. I dvr everything and NEVER watch commercials. The nice thing about USA,TBS,TNT etc,is that they repeat their shows after 11,and I can dvr those if I already had 2 shows recording earlier. To me Saturday is a waste;there is nothing that I watch.
How anyone watches so-called "reality" shows is beyond me;to each his own.
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I'm looking at Friday because with the exception of CSI NY and the departing Smallville, Friday night TV bites! Friday night is usally the kiss of death for TV shows that get moved there too. For some reason the powers that be don't realize that there are folks that aren't out drinking and partying all night on Fridays. Some of us old married folks actually try and watch TV on weekends! We would appreciate them keeping our shows around!!!
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Every night has good tv, except Saturday. Masterpeice Theatre and Poirot and a new movie on the movie network is about all.
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There is NOTHING good to watch on Wednesday nights now that Mediocre Family quickly jumped the shark.
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To paraphrase a line from The Producers, "Did you ever think you'd love a show called Hellcats?" Hell, yeah, Hellcats makes Tuesday nights watchable for me. (Oh, and Saturday nights? Get the family together to watch Doctor Who. It's on early enough so everyone can still go out after.)
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Sorry but Tuesday night's my favorite, NCIS and NCIS LA owns that night, it's the night that I never miss!
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CBS OWNS TUESDAY NITE!!!
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Agreed "YeOldOne" inless it comes to sports I never watch live Television....but frankly any day that American Idol runs is a sh1ty day in my eyes
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Does anyone actually watch live TV anymore. Everyone I know works from recorded sources so you make up your night's viewing according to your mood.
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I'm not sure what your complaint is. Where is written that you have to watch TV every night, and how many shows can you watch at one time? I figure I watch too much TV anyway. Plus, I enjoy NCIS and tolerate NCIS: Los Angeles.
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My four recommandations for tuesday is: 1. Body Of Proof, 2.Raising Hope, 3. Traffic Light, 4. Hellcats (if you feel like you got the time). And what's on Saturdays nothing, Oh wait there was sent an episode of No Ordinary Family, and some Outlaw episodes, what else NOTHING. Saturday is the biggest loser.
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Barring Saturday, which the networks are smart enough to realize people generally have things to do (WISH they would understand that about Friday's too and stop relying on the ratings!). Tuesday when NCIS/NCIS LA isn't on, is a horrible night. Wednesday follows close behind with only two decent shows.
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Well I watch Glee on Tuesdays so... Worst night for me is Thursdays, nothing that I like.
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friday and saturday. Saturday is all repeats or movies.
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Worst night of television hands down.
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Thing is some nights are stacked while other are barren. Mondays literally have too much to catch all in one night. Wednesdays are great too. Thursdays are solid. Then some days like Tuesday have absolutely nothing. Time to spread out the shows and find some balance.
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oof, I remember when tuesday's were my favorite TV days. Buffy and Angel crossovers and all. but to be honest, I DVR everything and watch it when i have time. boo to too many commercials.
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I don't watch mondays or tuesdays mostly, or Saturdays. Tuesdays were good when Lost and Fringe were on. Those were the days....
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Tuesdays are the WORST for TV...no question
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Tuesdays are the worst days of the week
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Why wouldn't you rail against NCIS? It's crap.

Sunday is where it's at, only for Cable though. Thursday is the closest thing to a good night Broadcast can put up.
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Saturday is the worst! Sure like to see the networks spice it up. I know, many may go to the movie theater or something, but there are plenty of people who stay home. And I'm guessing more than are at the theater!
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@Redgirl: The Good Wife has (thankfully!) not finished its season; at least one more new episode is airing on May 3rd. Presumably there's a break for sweeps, so we'll at least get a few more episodes in. And in agreement with whoever posted it below, shame on Tim for lumping it in with the attrocious NCIS franchise--the Good Wife is compelling, serialized, character-driven television, while NCIS is "ooh, fighting and chase scenes and a boring mystery with static characters!"
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plenty to watch on Tuesday - like NCIS and The Good Wife and Sons of Anarchy and Raising Hope and Memphis Beat. Mondays are worse and Saturdays even more.
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I would have to agree with Tim, Tuesday sucks, I used to love me some NCIS but its getting boring, and since The Good Wife has finished this season there is nothing to watch but Glee and Raising Hope! So many good shows come on Thursdays they should break them up so I wont be flipping back and forth from VD, BBT, Nikita, Grey's, and Bones. Give Tuesdays a chance. I will say this though when summer time comes Tuesday is the day to watch!
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tuesday would be right, nothing at all is on, except for crap and reality
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Friday used to suck for me , but now it's Fringe and Smallville day for me , so thats cool ... now am looking at Saturday as my worst night...
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Wednesdays and Saturdays for me.
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I generally don't watch any TV on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. As for choosing a least favorite, I'd have to agree with Tuesday, if only because over half of what I watch per week airs on Monday so Tuesday feels like such a vacuum after so many entertaining programs.
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Lol @ the few people commenting here about Tim being selfish and complaining. The whole point of this post was to ask the question "what's your least favorite night of TV?" and in doing so, Tim answered his own question (Tuesday, for lack of variety) -- there's nothing wrong with that. =====

The obvious answer for me is Saturday, then Friday. But I can understand the reason: more people go out on Saturday (and Friday) than any other night of the week, and I often do too. So aside from Friday and Saturday, my least favorite is Tuesday. Right now, there's nothing on to watch on Tuesdays. During a different season, Tuesday offers Leverage and White Collar (they were on Tuesdays, right?).
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For me Tuesdays and Saturdays are equally bad days for television. The only thing on Tuesdays (right now, at least) is Raising Hope, and the only thing on Saturdays is Doctor Who..
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With my fix of NCIS, Rasinig Hope and Hellcats (yes I watch the that show), my Tuesday's are good. But I would like something more interesting to watch at 10pm.
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Dr Who on saturdays! come on!
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Don't diss on Tuesdays. NCIS is freaking amazing. It's one of the few quality procedurals out there that you can watch with the whole family, and doesn't bore you to death because it adds spice with humor, action, romance, suspense... Well, okay, besides that all the other shows on are crap ^^
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Agreed and thank you, WilsonCrawford. Also, Raising Hope is underrated...
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Yeah, definitely Tuesdays. I don't even think I could name a single show that's on Tuesday.
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If you lump The Good Wife in with NCIS and LA, then you obviously haven't seen the show. TGW is the best drama on tv right now. It alone makes all the other crap on Tuesdays worth ignoring for that one fantastic hour of Alicia Florrick and the horrible people she is surrounded by.
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If it weren't for South Park, Wednesdays.
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though its not on now,sons of anarchy is a great show for the "generic, beer-swigging, 18-49 year-old male who isn't into procedurals"
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Wednesdays are awful, so are Saturdays when it isnt hockey season but on Tuesdays I can still find plenty to occupy my time
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wensday and saturdays
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tuesdays arent very good but saturdays stink
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Tuesdays sucks...worst night of the week...nothing to watch. I don't watch nothing on mondays and wednesdays but there's still some good shows..well, decents... Fridays and Sundays are the best.
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Yeah, it's the ol' T-Day for me as well (not to be confused with TH-Day or D-Day or Pie-Day). I just use that time to surf my 20 million things on Netflix or get some with a group of people... get some Call of Duty that is... or I go and rewatch anything from Joss Whedon or Aaron Sorkin. I'd like you to know that I hate it when someone starts a sentence, but doesn't
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Monday and Tuesdays nights for me. the rest of the week nothing.
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