TV Junkie: Ad Spending Down - Cable Doing Well; Zucker Defends Cramer
"Damages" on FX @ 10pm
Ad spending in the US dropped by 2.6% in 2008, with only cable increasing ad revenue for the year. TV and cable still retained a leadership position as the preferred media, taking more than 60% of all ad dollars.NBC Universal head honcho, Jeff Zucker, defended Jim Cramer, CNBC, and business reporting in general after last week's lambasting by "The Daily Show"'s Jon Stewart. Despite the avalanche of video evidence presented by Stewart last week, Zucker posited that Cramer's calls were on target and "out in front". Hey Jeff, perhaps CNBC should put up a big "Mission Accomplished" banner because they done so darn good.
Even though ABC didn't send us screeners, we've read enough about "Better Off Ted" to check it out tonight @ 8pm - hope it lives up to the hype.
Late night TV is hopping tonight! Guests from Steven Wright, to Clive Owen, bands from Modest Mouse to Vampire Weekend. Be sure to check out our full listings after the jump.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Better Off Ted", "Lost", "Damages", Letterman, Ferguson
8:00pm Scrubs ABC - New Time Slot
8:00pm Survivor: Tocantins CBS - Special Night
8:00pm America's Next Top Model The CW - Two former contestants give runway advice; the contestants walk the runway in a Jill Stuart fashion show.
8:30pm Better Off Ted ABC - Series Premiere
9:00pm Lost ABC - Sawyer is forced to perpetuate his lie when some old friends drop in unannounced.
9:00pm American Idol FOX - A contestant is sent home; Randy Travis and Carrie Underwood perform.
9:00pm Income Property HGTV - Season Finale
10:00pm Damages FX - Claire risks everything to oust CEO Walter Kendrick; Ellen discovers a secret about Patty's personal life.
10:00pm South Park Comedy Central - A vigilante rises from the trash and attempts to wipe out crime in the town of South Park.
10:00pm Make Me a Supermodel Bravo - The models head back to high school to test their wire work as they capture an authentic sports moment.
10:00pm High School Reunion - Class of '88 TV Land - More shenanigans from Chandler High
10:00pm The Royal Tenenbaums IFC - (2001) An errant father (Gene Hackman) tries to reconcile with his eccentric and underachieving family
10:30pm Important Things With Demetri Martin Comedy Central - Coolness
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Talk show host Craig Ferguson; actress Ginnifer Goodwin; Modest Mouse performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Reese Witherspoon; TV show host Keith Olbermann; Naturally7 performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Andy Samberg; actress Ashley Scott; MSTRKRFT performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Comic Steven Wright; actress Rashida Jones.
12L35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Clive Owen; TV personality Paul Teutul Sr.; Vampire Weekend performs.