2011 Fall TV Showdowns

Now that the networks have released their TV schedules for next fall, there are some very interesting time slot showdowns. According to Entertainment Weekly, one of the biggest fall TV showdowns is on Sundays between CBS’ The Good Wife and ABC’s Desperate HousewivesThe Good Wife has performed well in its Tuesday time slot and has averaged nearly 12 million viewers.

By moving to Sundays, the show will have a lead in from NFL Football which the network is hoping will boost their ratings. Desperate Housewives has been a ratings success since its debut in 2004.  However, the aging drama will be heading into its eighth season in the fall and has recently had a steady decline in ratings.

Other interesting matchups include CBS’ CSI vs. NBC’s Law and Order: SVU on Wednesdays.  Both dramas have been holding steady ratings and have been around for several seasons.  However, Law and Order: SVU is facing challenges being the last Law and Order franchise standing and a reportedly smaller role for the show’s main characters Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler.

The rest of the matchups are as follows:

NBC’s The Sing Off vs. FOX’s Terra Nova on Mondays

CBS’ Survivor vs. FOX’s The X Factor on Wednesdays

ABC’s Charlie’s Angels vs. FOX’s The X-Factor (results show) on Thursdays

CBS’ The Mentalist vs. NBC’s The Prime Suspect on Thursdays

FOX’s Fringe vs. NBC’s Grimm on Fridays