Fox won Tuesday night again due to “American Idol,” but CBS is close behind based on the potent 1-2 punch of “NCIS” and “The Mentalist.” Idol ran about 8 minutes long, which helped boost the returning “Fringe” to a bigger audience than its last new episode in February. ABC and NBC were in a close race for third, with ABC’s Peanuts special “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown” finishing a lackluster fourth in its timeslot.
What’s Hotter: The Tudors
Showtime’s sinfully addictive drama returned Sunday for its third season and held up strongly compared to its previous season. When all is said and done, the premiere pulled in around 1.3 million viewers, which is comparable to last year’s finale. This season deals with the aftermath of Ann Boleyn’s beheading as well as the rise of Jane Seymour. Showtime has promised that we will see ALL of Henry’s wives in the duration of the series, and we gotta say, learning history has never been this much fun (or this sexy).
What’s Definitely Not Happening: Kings
Sadly, my earlier fears that “Kings” might not last the season were not far off. NBC has moved the new drama to the wasteland that is Saturday night to burn off its remaining episodes there, starting April 18th. It remains to be seen whether the network will indeed let the remainder of the episodes air on Saturdays (remember, they did this with “Kidnapped” a few years back also, and then pulled it from Saturday’s lineup) – but we can hope for that at least. Although not appointment television, it is a nice break from the procedural and reality heavy line-up NBC has going on right now.