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After the Emmy Awards, television ratings still apply

As the season continues to change, there are three things students can expect—colder weather, midterms and great TV. For those who can take a break from studying to watch a few shows, there are some promising candidates.

Monday nights are ruled by reality competition programs. Emmy-nominated programs such as “The Voice” and “Dancing with the Stars” hold the majority of ratings for that night.

According to, a website that talleys television ratings, popular sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” are just not enough to steal the spotlight. With the impressive amount of talent on this season of “The Voice,” it looks like this show will be the one to beat on Mondays. Despite the premiere of the CW’s “Gossip Girl” and “90210,” the ratings have been way down. The fact that these shows are generally geared towards the teen demographic may be the reason their ratings are lacking.

On Tuesdays, crime shows battle it out with reality programs for ratings, but, ultimately, CBS is the channel to watch. Spend a night watching the good guys take down the bad guys with “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and newcomer “Vegas.” Though none of these shows were even mentioned at the Emmys, shows they completely dominate the ratings on Tuesdays.

For those feeling homesick, Wednesday is the night to tune in. This night is all about family, especially on ABC. The big show of the night is “Modern Family.” This show continues to prove itself with its spectacular writing and cast. It is no wonder why the show cleaned out the Emmys this year. “Modern Family” has rightfully earned all its hype by consistently satisfying comedic need in each episode. However, “The Neighbors,” a new comedy on ABC, features an equally wacky family and the with the ratings shown on, the series looks to have bright future.

Students looking for a good time on a Thursday night may want to spare some time before rushing off to parties. Thursday nights are packed with comedy. An Emmy favorite, “The Big Bang Theory,” starts off the night with stellar ratings.

With programs such as “20/20” and “Dateline,” Friday nights are for those who want to learn. It may seem a little anticlimactic for Friday night programming.

Many stations are not really looking to pull people in, but for those who may fall sick and want to pass some time, CBS may be the station you want to watch. “Blue Bloods” and “Made in Jersey” bring in most of the ratings on Friday.

According to, sports programming mainly dominates the weekends, but, later in the evenings, “60 Minutes” and the Emmy award winning show “The Amazing Race” bring in major ratings of their own.

This fall lineup has not been disappointing thus far. And with autumn come holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving which bring in the standard themed TV specials. Even though some channels have been struggling more than others there is typically always something Emmy-worthy to watch on prime-time television.

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