Broadcasters gear up for time-slot battles

Mon May 25, 2009 9:19pm EDT
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With broadcasters' fall plans now set, here are some of the more dramatic time-period battles shaping up for next fall.

SUNDAYS AT 9 P.M.: "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" VS. "THREE RIVERS":

What could possibly lure female viewers away from ABC's top-rated soap? CBS has an idea: Ex-"Moonlight" star Alex O'Loughlin.

Prediction: ABC will win here, but CBS could make a bigger "Housewives" dent with "Rivers" than with "Cold Case" this season.

TUESDAYS AT 9 P.M.: "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" VS. "DANCING WITH THE STARS":

ABC and Fox will go toe to toe on Tuesdays for dance supremacy. This pits the second hour of Fox's dancing performance show against ABC's dancing results show (with NBC's reality hit "The Biggest Loser" putting pressure on both).

Prediction: Performance shows are higher rated than results shows. But in total viewers, this will be no contest, with "Dancing" maneuvering Fox's fall newbie. In the key adults 18-49 demo, things could be closer, since "Dancing" has been showing a lot of drop off for its results shows this season. As long as Fox's "Dance" manages to pull the same rating it does in the summer, the network won't mind playing second fiddle.

WEDNESDAYS AT 8 P.M.: "HANK" AND "THE MIDDLE" VS. "OLD CHRISTINE" AND "GARY UNMARRIED":   Continued...

 
<p>Cast member Anna Torv attends the Fox Premiere Party of "Fringe" at The Xchange in New York August 25, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Lott</p>