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TV Junkie: Monday

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Advertising Age is reporting on the possible end of the nightly network newscast as another 1.2 million viewers in the US stopped tuning in last year. The article points out that the reason why people aren't tuning in at 6pm is because.... they are still at work. Hey networks, instead of constantly going off on red herrings like Terri Schiavo and WMD in Iraq, how about creating a frenzy over the fact that Americans work a shitload more hours than they used to, have less time off, and generally don't have the benefits and more relaxed lifestyles available in other industrialized nations? In the '70s and '80s I remember my parents always being home from work in time to watch Walter Cronkite and our local news - as a working adult, I've literally never had the opportunity to do that. Here's a chance for the network news to shed light on what is killing their viewership by 5+% per year.

8:00pm Top Gear BBCA - Season Finale. Doctor Who’s David Tennant goes for the record around the Top Gear test track. TV Junkie 8:00pm Pick.

8-10:00pm The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother/Two and a Half Men/Rules of Engagement CBS - New episodes on CBS' Monday night comedy line-up.

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8:00pm Deal or No Deal NBC - This looks pretty fun: Carrie Fisher Chewbacca and R2D2 cheer on two diehard ``Star Wars'' fans; Darth Vader sits in for the banker.

9:00pm House FOX - New Episode!

9:00pm Carrier PBS/KCET - Series Premiere. This new documentary series from PBS follows the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz, a over the course of a six-month deployment in 2005.

9:00pm Dirty Jobs DISCOVERY - Dairy Cow Midwife: Mike milks a cow and uses a blowtorch to clean her udder; he inseminates a cow and delivers calves.

10:00pm High School Confidential WE - Season Finale.

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11:30pm The Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Craig Ferguson, Ira Glass (because a new season of "This American Life" starts up next Sunday on Showtime), the Black Crowes perform

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Hugh Laurie, Doug Fine, Prince performs!