EW.com's guide to sweeps TV
EW.com's guide to sweeps TV -- Britney Spears is on MTV, Janet Jackson's on HBO, J. Lo's on VH1, and Barry Manilow's on Bravo. Poor Bravo
In this, the third week of February sweeps, we invite you to celebrate the small, non-Olympic things. Follow our guide, and you’ll see that the alternative fare — Janet Jackson performing live on HBO; guilty pleasures counted down on E!, fearless fatties consuming mounds of mayo in Fox’s ”Glutton Bowl” — is a far cry from small potatoes. So go on and gorge yourself on the cream of the sweeps-tastic crop. You won’t be sorry. Here, a look at the week in sweeps.
Friday, Feb. 15
American Pie (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Wanted: a network ballsy enough to premiere the teen movie that inspired a generation to take (or at least fantasize about taking) horny habits into the kitchen. Totally Found: Fox, a fit home for the band camp/webcam brand of humor.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (The WB, 8 p.m.)
The witch can stop time and talk to cats, but she can’t bring herself to tell her boyfriend that she loves him. Which is why R&B sensation Usher ventures into this irritating (and yet at times bizarrely watchable) sitcom as a ”love doctor.”
Cocktail (TNT, 8 p.m.)
In one of the many high points of this ’80s bar drama, Tom Cruise turns beat poet and sounds off to a crowd of uppity Alabama Slammer drinkers: ”If you wanna get loaded, why don’t you just order a shot?” And, if you wanna have a great throwback to synchronized boogie bartending, why don’t you just turn to TNT?
Reba (The WB, 9 p.m.)
Tonight’s divorce-erific episode marks the reunion of ”Newhart” veterans Peter Scolari and Julia Duffy. Hey, do you think that means Reba will wake up and realize the whole sitcom was just a dream? Nyah, we didn’t think so, either.
Inside the Playboy Mansion (A&E, 9 p.m.)
Hey, if someone asks what you watched Friday night at 9, you could answer, ”Oh, just something on A&E.” And they’ll think you’ve gone all art-house on ’em.
The In-Crowd and Social Cruelty with John Stossel (ABC, 10 p.m.)
What becomes of lunch-money stealing, leather-wearing bullies? (We could make a Judd Nelson joke here, but that would be too easy now, wouldn’t it?) Self proclaimed ”former geek” Stossel visits high schools — including his own alma mater — to answer this question and more in a deconstruction of real-life Breakfast Clubs.
Saturday, Feb. 16
MTV’s Mardi Gras (1-4 p.m.)
Carson Daly and Britney Spears at Mardi Gras? Let the wilding begin! No, seriously, that better be a Pepsi Britney’s drinking.
America’s Most Wanted (Fox, 9 p.m.)
Get those testosterone levels soaring with tonight’s edition in which two WWF warriors — Kane and the Undertaker — help authorities hunt down the killer of a WWF fan.
Making the TV Show: 7th Heaven (MTV, 8 p.m.)
According to the froggy network, ”7th Heaven” is the show that kids love to watch, but don’t admit to watching. This behind-the-scenes program should bring many Camden fans out of the closet.
Lumumba (HBO, 10:05 p.m.)
In 1960, Patrice Lumumba (Eriq Ebouaney) became Prime Minister of the Congo. He went through hell during his tenure in the violent region, and this excellent, harsh movie takes you there.