Tonight: a broadcast vs. cable showdown between corporate siblings.
After a few months off,returns tonight at 10pm for the final six episodes of its fifth season and will be in head-to-head competition with NBC's .
While it's nothing particularly new that NBC cable sibling USA Network beats the broadcast mothership in head-to-head battles, that usually happens whenbeats up on NBC's Monday Night lineup. RAW easily beat the second hour of and the debut of with Brian Williams on Monday night (and RAW didn't have any difficult getting past , either).
But withand it will be a battle of scripted dramas. It's easy to roll your eyes and think "Is this even a question?! Of course will win!" But it could be closer than you think. At the end of its summer run on September 8, drew a 1.3 adults 18-49 . , which ended its run in early August with a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating returned with a 1.0 Tuesday night when it had to face broadcast competition.
But unlike, which had never aired against fall broadcast competition and has. Burn Notice returned for the final six episodes of season four on November 11, 2010 and averaged a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. That bettered the 1.4 for NBC's that night.
hasn't been doing as well as though and has steadily dropped from its series premiere 1.8 adults 18-49 to a series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating last week. That episode aired against the epic Game 6 of the , but didn't fare that much better in the previous original that didn't square off against baseball (a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating on October 13).
Who ya got?