Time Slot Wars: Tuesday
Time Slot Wars: Tuesday
In BuddyTV's 2007 Fall TV Guide, we assessed each night to see which shows the major networks were pitting against each other, and determined which ones would emerge victorious in the ratings war.


Tuesday night has always been girl-power night for me, what with the kick-ass Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls and, the most recent addition, Veronica Mars. This year marks the first time in almost a decade that the Tuesday night lineup is not dominated by sassy young women, and it'll be interesting to see who will come out on top.
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Unlike Wednesdays nights this fall which boasts a whopping nine new shows each competing for viewers' attentions, Tuesday's new shows are spread evenly throughout the night, none overlapping with any other new shows. In the 8pm hour, ABC's two new half-hour sitcoms, Cavemen and Carpoolers are up against cookie-cutter procedural NCIS, The Biggest Loser, Bones and Beauty and the Geek. Viewers will likely tune in for the premiere of Cavemen to found out what a show based on a car insurance commercial will be like, but I can't imagine that either will make much of a dent in its competition.

Statistically, two out of three new shows never make it to a second season, and I am praying to the gods of television that Reaper and Cane are not among the doomed. The CW's Reaper, which follows lovable loser Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) as he starts his job as the Devil's new henchman, is one of the most promising new shows on the fall lineup, but it's got fierce competition in Dancing with the Stars and House. Dancing with the Stars consistently scores high in the Nielsen ratings, and House, too, has its share of devoted fans, last season coming in  just under the other medical juggernaut Grey's Anatomy with 19.4 million viewers. Reaper's quirky tone may be enough to set it apart from its competition and appeal to a younger, hipper demographic.

In the 10pm hour, CBS' new drama Cane is up against the award-winning David E. Kelley vehicle Boston Legal on ABC and NBC's stand-by procedural Law & Order: SVU. I was skeptical of how good Cane was going to be at first, but after watching the pilot, immediately grew to like it and would love to see it succeed. Hopefully, Cane will serve up enough mob-appeal and sexy Latin-flavored family intrigue to keep viewers interested.


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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV
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