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TV best bets with the Super Bowl, ‘Glee’

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The Super Bowl, the most popular single program any given year, may break records this year in ratings thanks to two popular franchises  – the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The NFL has been surging all year as well.

Fox gets the honors this year to air the game and is giving its powerhouse show “Glee” the coveted post-Super Bowl spot. Naturally, “Glee” has created a football-themed episode.

Given that at least 105 million people will be watching the Super Bowl, “Glee” will  likely pull in at least 30 million, double its usual number. Normal weeks, “Glee” draws a very young audience, relatively speaking. It is the type of show, though, that will cause many older viewers to switch to anything else.

The counter-programming options are limited. Most rival networks are airing repeats, though you will be ale to get original episodes of “Californication” and “Shameless” on Showtime and “Big Love” on HBO.

MONDAY
“The Bachelor” 8 p.m. ABC — Brad and the 11 remaining bachelorettes head to Vegas. Three are set to be axed.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC — Sarah focuses on freeing Chuck’s mother (Linda Hamilton).
“Being Human” 9 p.m. Syfy — Sally finds a kindred spirit – literally.
Lie to Me” 9 p.m. Fox (third season finale) — Cal probes the death of a social-network founder who had feared she was being squeezed out by her partner.
Taken From Me” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Taraji P. Henson plays a schoolteacher. She travels to South Korea to rescue her son, who was abducted by his father.
Shatner’s Raw Nerve” 10 p.m. Bio (third season debut) — William Shatner interviews Carol Burnett.
Pawn Stars” 10 p.m. History — On Jan. 24, the show broke network ratings records with 7 million viewers.
TUESDAY
Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — Ranch players can skip elimination if they can lose a combined 48 pounds.
NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — Thomas Calabro (“Melrose Place”) guests.
Hard Time: The Hustle” 9 p.m. NGC (new series)— How inmates at Ohio’s Ross Correctional Institution, from theft to selling contraband.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — Sam goes undercover in prison to stop a group of international terrorists.
Seriously Funny Kids” 9 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — Little kids say the darndest things. Bill Cosby used to do this. Now it’s… Heidi Klum. Not quite the same vibe, eh?

Million Dollar Money Drop” 9:01 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — A fun game show but obviously the ratings prove game shows on prime time are no longer hot.
Auction Kings” 10 p.m. Discovery (first season finale) — Paul Brown’s crew checks out a Richard Petty jeep and a Rock-ola jukebox.
The Game” 10 p.m. BET — Malik turns to the Sabers’ owner for help.
The Good Wife” 10 p.m. CBS — Alicia defends a prisoner who confesses to murdering a fellow inmate.
“Lights Out” 10 p.m. FX — Johnny finds himself in trouble with bookies.
“Parenthood” 10 p.m. NBC — Haddie, peeved at her parents, moves in with the grandparents.
One Born Every Minute” 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — A documentary series based out of a maternity ward in Columbus, Ohio.

“Southland” 10 p.m. TNT — Lydia and Josie handle a tricky rape case.
WEDNESDAY
“American Idol” 8 p.m. Fox — Can they top last week’s sob story featuring Chris Medina and his fiance who suffered a car accident?
“Live to Dance” 8 p.m. CBS — Poor Paula Abdul’s show is getting stomped by her former employer.
“Human Target” 9 p.m. Fox — Chance has a reunion with inept private investigator Harry (Tony Hale).
“I Used To Be Fat” 10 p.m. MTV — Lonely Daria moves to Atlanta and finds solace in food.
“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny investigates the shooting of an undercover counterterrorism agent.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 p.m. TV Land— Sherri Shepherd guests as a judge.
Top Chef: All Stars” 10 p.m. Bravo — Richard Blais is sitting pretty after winning Restaurant Wars two weeks ago. Lorraine Bracco and Isaac Mizrahi are guest judges this week.

THURSDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon seeks acting lessons from Penny to improve his teaching.
Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Elena’s biological father returns to Mystic Falls.
“Bones” 9 p.m. Fox — A body found in a cornfield turns out to be a polygamist.
CSI” 9 p.m. CBS — Marlee Matlin plays Grissom’s former girlfriend.
Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — The chief is not happy with Bailey’s operating room tweets.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Michael disappears, prompting a search.
Million Dollar Listing” 9 p.m. Bravo (fourth season debut) — New cast member Josh Altman tangles with an angry seller.
Beyond Scared Straight” 10 p.m. A&E (first season finale) — Another huge hit for A&E. Six teens go to Lieber Correctional institution in South Carolina.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Jane is taken hostage.
“Jersey Shore” 10 p.m. MTV — Ronnie’s hard partying makes Sammie unhappy though it seems everything makes Sammie unhappy.

FRIDAY

“Dog Whisperer” 8 p.m. NGC (seventh season finale) — Cesar helps a rottweiler mix that’s afraid of men.
Supernanny” 8 p.m. ABC — A couple’s inconsistent parenting threatens their marriage.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” 8 p.m. NBC (second season debut) — Vanessa Williams’ past is traced.
“Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2011” 9 p.m. CBS — Jim Nantz and Lara Spencer review great commercials aired over the past 44 Super Bowls.
“A Valentine’s Date” 9 p.m. Hallmark — A single mom battles her ex-husband in a custody battle.
Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — A scientist ingests a blue powder that causes his bones to disintegrate.
CSI: NY” 10 p.m. CBS  — A group of party guests are found in a truck at the bottom of the Hudson River.

WEEKEND

“It’s Me or the Dog” 8 tonight Animal Planet (third season winter finale) — Owners of a neurotic dog are taken to task by Victoria, as they always are.
“Billy Gardell: Halftime” 9 tonight Comedy — The Pittsburgh native and “Mike & Molly” star does stand-up in his hometown.

“CMT Crossroads” 10 tonight CMT — The Pretenders and Faith Hill mix it up.
“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — SNL vet Dana Carvey returns as host.
Puppy Bowl VII” 3 p.m. Sunday Animal Planet — Bone-bruising  puppy action!
“Super Bowl XLV” 6 p.m. Sunday Fox — Steelers vs. Packers, with the Black Eyed Peas the halftime act.
“Glee” 10:30 p.m. Sunday Fox — A football-themed episode featuring a “Thriller” of a scene.

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Janet

January 30th, 2011
3:02 pm

Um, Rodney, I don’t watch NCIS: LA, but what is so dangerous about “a group of international therapists.”????? :)

Colonel Clonk

January 30th, 2011
3:48 pm

You try being in a room with Dr. Laura, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil, Dr. Melfi, Dr. Skoda, Dr. Who and Doc of the Seven Dwarfs and tell me that’s not dangerous!

newsBoy

January 31st, 2011
4:54 am

thank you colonel clonk – he’ll be here nightly ladies and gentlemen! but seriously, i am diggin’ this new show ‘the cape’ on nbc on monday. i’m not gonna get too attached, tho lest they yank it from tv after 4 episodes. i’m also diggin’ V on tuesdays. and ‘the middle’ gets better every episode, lovin’ that. hmm, nothing cookin’ for on on thursday, but i’m lovin’ my friday ‘fringe’ binge. another show that gets better with age.

Kar

January 31st, 2011
11:41 am

I can’t believe that this is what, the sixth PuppyBowl? Seriously people? Now with kitty half-time show and guinea pigs in the blimp. Ok, yes, I’ll probably be watching.

Sid Vicious

January 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

I thought those were Hamsters in the blimp last year?

Andy

January 31st, 2011
6:59 pm

I wonder if Fergie will wee-wee her pants during the Super Bowl? It’s Wee-Wee-Pants-Gate

Traffic Headache

January 31st, 2011
9:08 pm

Now that we’re back doing contemporary acts in the Super Bowl halftime, Fergie will probably thrust her crotch at the camera. Fox, get your lawyers ready.