A few shows this week are seeing their season finales and possible series finales.
Fox’s “Terra Nova” ends its 13-episode first season Monday with mediocre ratings (an average of 7.2 million live viewing) for such an expensive program. Fox will have to weigh closely if the numbers justify a renewal.
BET also has to think about how to deal with “Reed Between the Lines,” a new family sitcom it had high hopes for but has fallen far short of expectations in the ratings. It’s averaging just over 1 million viewers per new episode. That show ends season one Tuesday.
And TBS will now weigh whether to give Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse” a renewal. Its brief 10-episode test run ends on Friday. It opened big with more than 3 million viewers, slipped down to around 2 million, then stabilized. If TBS does give Perry a green light, it will be obligated to air 90 more episodes.
Two other new hit shows concluding this week – Fox’s “The X Factor” Thursday and FX’s “American Horror Story” Wednesday – have already been given clearance for second seasons.
“Terra Nova” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) — Taylor and Jim unite against the Phoenix Group.
“Who’s Still Standing?” 8 p.m. NBC (new series) — Miss a question? Drop through a trap door!
“A Chipmunk Christmas” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Mischievous Alvin learns about Christmas spirit when he tries to help an ill boy.
“American Pickers” 9 p.m. History — An oil company where everything is for sale.
“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — Brenda puts her investigative focus on the police commissioner and his wife she thinks are part of a cover up.
“VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” 9 p.m. VH1 — Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson sing.
“Rizzoli & Isles” 10 p.m. TNT — Korsak’s stepson is accused of shooting a cop.
“Deck the Halls” 9 p.m. TNT – A holiday mystery unfolds when a detective investigates the kidnapping of his father and a young female driver just days before Christmas.
“Dirty Jobs” 9 p.m. Discovery – Mike takes up paleontology.
“What Not To Wear” 9 p.m. TLC – A punk rock fan needs a more adult wardrobe to match her urban-professional job.
“Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker” 10 p.m. Bravo – Griffin’s latest barbs focus on Ashton Kutcher, Nancy Grace and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.
“Chopped” 10 p.m. Food (10th season debut) – The chefs must use rabbit in their entrees.
“Hidden City” 10 p.m. Travel – Crimes from Los Angeles lore including the Black Dahlia, John Holmes and the L.A. riots.
“Reed Between the Lines” 10 p.m. BET (three consecutive half-hour episodes, including first-season finale at 11 p.m.) – Ratings have been disappointing for this Malcolm-Jamal Warner/Tracee Ellis Ross vehicle. Will BET bring it back?
“A Home For the Holidays With Martina McBride” 8 p.m. CBS – Justin Bieber and Mary J. Blige help out McBride to raise awareness about adoption.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox – It’s a battle among Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro for $5 million and the victory.
“Sons of Guns” 9 p.m. Discovery – A German K98 Mauser rifle is rebuilt.
“Work of Art” 9 p.m. Bravo (second season finale) – Young, Sara and Kymia battle for the win.
“I Hate My Teenage Daughter” 9:30 p.m. Fox – Annie allows Sophie to date an older teen.
“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX (first season finale) – Constance schemes to raise Tate’s baby as her own.
“Hot in Cleveland” 10 pm. TV Land – The ladies treat their neighbors to makeovers.
“Top Chef” 10 p.m. Bravo – Singer Patti LaBelle serves as a guest judge.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox (first season finale) – Recently out of rehab, could rap singer Chris Rene pull off an upset over diva-esque crooner Melanie Amaro or Joe Cocker soundalike Josh Krajcik?
“Hollywood at Home” 8 p.m. HGTV – Check out the homes of Andie MacDowell, Mark Ballas and Carly Patterson.
“Braxton Family Values” 9 p.m. WE – Toni Braxton has surgery.
“I (Almost) Got Away With It” 9 p.m. ID – A female bank robbers flees to Mexico with her three children and her girlfriend.
“Big Shrimpin‘ ” 10 p.m. History -Tropical storm Lee forces two boats to dock.
“Prime Suspect” 10 p.m. NBC – Jane and Evrard investigate a murder in Chinatown that occurred during a game of mahjongg.
“The League” 10:30 p.m. FX (third season finale) – The race is on for the Shiva and the Sacko Bowls.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC – Past secrets and old threats haunt Chuck and Sarah while they hunt for an evil schemer who’s trying to destroy Carmichael Industries.
“Gold Rush: Alaska” 9 p.m Discovery – A behind-the-scenes look at the series.
“Say Yes to the Dress” 9 p.m. TLC – A former stuntwoman is ready to settle down and get married.
“Disaster House” 10 p.m. DIY – Twenty children are let loose in a living room.
“Top 10 Weddings of 2011″ 10 p.m. TLC – Will a Kardashian be referenced?
“Invention USA” 10:30 p.m. History (first season finale) – Inventions include a new skateboard design and a compass-belt combination.
“For Better or Worse” 10:30 p.m. TBS (first season finale) – A feuding Marcus and Angela are forced to explain their issues to their son.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” 8 p.m. Saturday NBC – Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
“A Christmas Story” 8 p.m. Saturday TBS (24-hour marathon) – Twelve times over, you can watch Ralphie get warned, time and time again: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
“NBA basketball” 8 p.m. ESPN – The season started, belatedly, as the Magic meets the Thunder.
“Sunday Night Football” 8:15 p.m. Sunday NBC – The Chicago Bears battle the no-longer-undefeated Green Bay Packers.
“Leverage” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT – The squad searches for a philanthropist’s missing wife, only to collide with an elaborate ring that’s running sweetheart scams.
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC Family – With just two hours of Christmas left, Clark has the last say: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together!”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk