The Days Of The Week, Ranked By How Good The TV Options Are

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Do you ever notice that some days of the week you consider what you’re watching/DVRing that night and you come up pretty empty, but on other days you don’t know how you’ll ever catch up on the fifty thousand shows that are about to take over your television? TV is uneven like that. Some days are jam-packed with everything from Emmy-winning masterpieces to trashy reality shows, and other days are basically just reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and burnoff episodes of canceled series.

But which day of the week has the worst TV options and which is overflowing with viewing choices? We decided to take a closer look and rank the days (all seven of them!) from least appealing viewing options to most appealing. You can probably predict which day will take the top spot, but it’s worth going on the journey anyway.


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Friday is where TV shows go to die. When a network moves an iffy show to Friday, it means “We’ll take pity on your for now, but no one’s going to watch you and then we’ll have justification to cancel you once and for all.” It’s sad but true. That doesn’t mean everything on Friday night is bad or that nobody watches it. It’s just not as high caliber as the other days of the week. I guess TV people assume we go out on Friday nights or something. I don’t really get it. If you’re into America’s Next Top Model, congratulations! You’re all set.


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Saturdays are pretty sparse as well, but if you choose to have a Saturday night in, at least you have Saturday Night Live to watch, not to mention the weekly Lifetime movie. Plus, there’s usually a nice rerun of You’ve Got Mail to put on in the background while you darn socks or something. It’s a pleasant night of the week, but nothing to write home (or stay home) about.


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Here you’ve got your classic reality competition staples like The Voice and Dancing With the Stars. They’re acceptable, but do they really need to be so many hours long every week? It’s kind of exhausting. There’s also How I Met Your Mother and a few new dramas like Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist and Hostages, but before we see more of those shows let’s keep Monday lower in the rankings just to be safe. It’s a good night to play catch up.


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There are some great comedies on Tuesday night, but for every New Girl there’s a Dads, and for every Trophy Wife there’s a Goldbergs, so it’s not a guaranteed win. In the off-season you’ve got more competition shows like So You Think You Can Dance, but with Fall comes higher expectations, and Tuesday doesn’t totally live up to them. This is also the night CBS shows its high-rated shows like NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles and NCIS Zzzzzzz.


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Wednesday is owned by ABC. There’s the old standbys The Middle and Modern Family, as well as new hopefully good show Super Fun Night. Top it all off with fabulous Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere on Nashville. There’s also Law & Order: SVU, which is consistently reliable even when you have nothing else to watch. And don’t forget laughing at Simon Cowell and his boob-rubbing antics on The X Factor. Did I mention very attractive man Blair Underwood has a new show called Ironside on Wednesdays? I think my work here is done.


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NBC has long been known for its Thursday night comedies. But now that 30 Rock and The Office are gone and Community isn’t returning quite yet, it’s lost a little mojo. Thankfully we still have the glowing beacon of hope that is Parks and Recreation, plus the promising Michael J. Fox Show. On the drama front, we’ve got the addictive Scandal and The Vampire Diaries. Plus there’s Glee and The Big Bang Theory, if you’re into that. And don’t forget that totally unnecessary but slightly intriguing new Once Upon a Time spinoff!


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Oh  Sunday, who decided to give you all the good TV shows? Let me count the ways. You’ve got a plethora of Emmy-nominated series like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Veep, and Girls. Not to mention the recently completed Dexter and the upcoming shows Masters of Sex and Hello Ladies. And don’t forget all the quality TLC series like Sister Wives and Breaking Amish, as well as quality Bravo drama. Basically, cable has a monopoly on Sunday. Except not totally, because you still have Revenge and Once Upon a Time and The Good Wife and Family Guy and AHHH I CAN’T HANDLE IT. Not to mention that’s also the day they give out all the awards and crown all the beauty pageant winners and play all the football. Okay, not all the football, but a lot of it. I’m usually so overwhelmed on Sunday night that I end up just rewatching an old sitcom on Netflix instead. It makes no sense, I know.

As you can see, the weekdays all line up exactly in order until you get to Friday and everything’s thrown off. I think this is so you can have a break with easy shows before and after Sunday’s TV orgy. Clever TV people. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m about five months behind on my Sunday night viewing and I desperately need to catch up.

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    • Olivia Wilson

      Sunday nights are so stressful, oh my god.

    • Vanessa Vieira

      Wow this just reminded me of all the shows I actually watch and have to keep up with. It’s going to be a busy fall. Plus It’s Always Sunny on Wednesday and Sons Of Anarchy on Tuesday. AH I’m getting overwhelmed.

    • Meredith Hirt

      I thought Sundays were stressful when I was in college and had to catch up on a week’s worth of homework. Nothing compared to this!

    • Jenni

      I miss Thursday TV.

    • Awesomesauce

      Thrusdays are gonna be complicated. I don’t know whether to watch Parks and Rec. or The Big Bang Theory live or and which to DVR. Then there’s the 9pm hour. Im looking forward to The Crazy Ones because hello Sarah Michele Geller. And there’s also cable …

    • FauxRealFaux

      I cannot wait until Scandal starts back up again. That show is easily the best show on tv!

      • Jenni

        I binge watched it this summer and now I’m obsessed.

    • Sansa Heisenberg

      You forgot that “The Walking Dead” and (though not quite as good anymore) “True Blood” are on Sundays. Sundays are amaze-balls.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yes! Wow, so many shows.

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