NFL ratings are way up this year. Despite two relatively small-market teams in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, they are the two top-ranked teams in the league. So it’s very possible the game could break 100 million viewers for the first time and even challenge the “M*A*S*H” finale (106 million) as the most-watched program of all time in the United States.
The other big story of the week is the return of “Lost” for its sixth and final season starting Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC. The network has kept details of the final season more or less under wraps and trailers are thin on content.
And for fans and foes of Michael Vick, he follows in the footsteps of T.I. and tries to seek a road to redemption via reality show on BET Tuesday at 10 p.m.
“House” 8 p.m. Fox — Foreman’s brother (Orlando Jones) pops up.
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — In four episodes, Jake has cut the pool from 25 to five. Expect the other women to keep on undermining Vienna.
“24” 9 p.m. Fox — Renee flirted with death last week and keeps it up again tonight.
“BET Honors” 9 p.m. BET — Gabrielle Union hosts. Honorees include Whitney Houston, Diddy and Dr. Ruth J. Simmons.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” 9 p.m. Logo (second season debut) — Former Atlantan RuPaul is back working it, seeking the next best drag star.
“Kell on Earth” 10 p.m. Bravo (new series) — The life and times of fashion PR maven Kelly Cutrone.
“Ultimate Cake Off” 10 p.m. TLC (second season debut) — Because there simply aren’t enough shows about cake.
“Secret Life of a Call Girl” 10 p.m. Showtime (third season debut) — Belle gauges reaction to her new book by going incognito at the launch party.
“Worst Cooks in America” 10 p.m. Food (season finale) — You know the budget is modest for this show: winner gets just $25,000.
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Victoria Beckham returns as guest host in Denver.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Terrorist threaten D.C. so bring on the team!
“19 Kids & Counting” 9 p.m. TLC (fourth season debut) — The show title has changed because the Duggars have added a 19th baby.
“Lost” 9 p.m. ABC (sixth season debut) — The H-bomb detonated last season. We now find out what happened.
“Psychic Kids” 9 p.m. A&E (second season finale) — Two young women try to conquer their fear of the paranormal.
“The Michael Vick Project” 10 p.m. BET (new series) — Vick, now a Philadelphia Eagle, tries to resurrect his battered reputation.
“Teen Mom” 10 p.m. MTV (finale special) — Dr,. Drew Pinsky interviews the teen moms.
“Human Target” 8 p.m. Fox — A reformed thief needs Chance’s protection from former associates who want revenge.
“American Idol” 9 p.m. Fox — More from the seven audition cities.
“Man v. Food: Live” 9 p.m. Travel — Emory grad Adam Richman does a food challenge live in Miami.
“Nip/Tuck” 10 p.m. FX — Escobar Gallardo’s teen daughter shows up, stirring guilty feelings in Sean.
“Steven Seagal: Lawman” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — Seagal goes in lecture mode on four young man hanging out late.
“Shear Genius” 10 p.m. Bravo (third-season debut) — Camila Alves is new host, replacing Jaclyn Smith.
“Ugly Betty” 10 p.m. ABC — Last week, ABC announced Betty will be shuttered after this spring.
“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Richard Hatch and others reminisce.
“CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — The CSIs investigate the deaths of two high-school students involved in illegal street racing.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — Arizona tests Alex in pediatrics.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Kathy Bates plays the CEO of a company that buys out Dunder Mifflin.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox (second season winter finale) — Was the seismic disaster in Manhattan tied to an old Walter experiment?
“BBQ Pit Masters” 10 p.m. TLC (first season finale) — Johnny Trigg invites his friends and rivals to a rib-cooking contest.
“The Sarah Silverman Program” 10:30 p.m. Comedy (third season debut) — Sarah thinks she was born with both boy and girl parts. She looks great in a mustache, eh?
“Smallville” 8 p.m. the CW (two-hour special) — Clark and the gang, via the Justice League, go after the murderous Icycle.
“Caprica” 9 p.m. SyFy — The Graystones are instantly hated after Amanda’s confession of Zoe’s involvement in the terrorist attack.
“Medium” 9 p.m. CBS — Allison sees the same haunting visage on everybody – even her husband.
“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. ABC — The sharks ponder a liquid llama fertilizer and a hands-free umbrella.
“Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” 9 p.m. VH1 — A doc about a show that brought love, peace and soul. And we get to hear from the cool cat Don Cornelius himself.
“Numb3rs” 10 p.m. CBS — Valuable jewels are stolen from an awards show. William Katt (“Greatest American Hero”) guests.
“Temple Grandin” 8 p.m. Saturday HBO — Julia Ormond stars as an animal scientist with autism.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Ashton Kutcher hosts.
“Puppy Bowl XI” 3 p.m. Sunday Animal — No point keeping score in this one.
“Super Bowl XLIV” 6 p.m. Sunday CBS — The Saints vs. the Colts. The Who is the halftime show.
“Til Death” 7 p.m. Sunday Fox — A sign that Fox has no confidence in a show’s future? Airing fresh episodes against the Super Bowl.
“Big Love” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Nicki helps Bill win Paley’s support for a Senate nomination.
“Undercover Boss” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — CEOs go undercover at their own companies. First up: the man who runs Waste Management.