What to Watch Tonight

Idol Returns, Empire Debuts, People's Choice and More

  • Fox
    American Idol

    Season 14 Premiere: J.Lo, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. plumb Nashville for talent. Maddie Conrad, here’s your chance! (Note: The premiere’s two-hour conclusion airs Thursday at 8 pm.) (Watch two auditions now!)

  • CBS
    The Mentalist

    Time slot premiere: When the FBI is brought in to consult on a botched DEA raid, the questionable morals of his former boss put Abbot in a bad spot. Charity Dotson (Veronica Mars) guest-stars.

  • ABC
    The Middle

    Kirstie Alley (Cheers) guest-stars as the most popular girl in Frankie’s high school class, who moves back to Orson and becomes a rather rebellious influence.

  • CBS
    People's Choice Awards 2015

    The proletariat has its say at the live accolades-fest, hosted by Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney. Scheduled to appear: Dave Annable (Red Band Society), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory), Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Dax Shepard (Parenthood), pop star Iggy Azalea and more.

  • NBC
    Law & Order: SVU

    During a visit to New York, Atlanta Deputy Chief Patton’s (returning guest star Harry Hamlin, Mad Men) young protege, Detective Reese Taymor (The Good Wife‘s Dreama Walker), is raped… but then claims she wasn’t. Harboring a connection to the suspect, Rollins must face a painful past to put away the bad guy.

  • Fox

    Empire Series Premiere FoxSeries premiere: In this drama from The Butler‘s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) plays Lucious Lyon, a music impresario preparing to hand his label over to one of his three sons… until his ex-con ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson, Person of Interest) shows up to stake her claim on the company she co-founded. Cast includes Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray (aka rapper Yazz The Greatest), Trai Byers and Malik Yoba; Gabourey Sidibe guest-stars. (Read our First Impression.)

  • ABC

    Pops and Ruby get their swerve on (yes!), and Jr. is chosen to play Romeo to Zoey’s Juliet in the school play (noooooooo!).

  • FX
    American Horror Story: Freak Show

    Elsa preps for her move to Hollywood, Dell plots Jimmy’s escape from police custody and Neil Patrick Harris makes his Freak Show debut. (See photos.)

  • NBC
    Chicago P.D.

    When Burgess lands in the hospital with gunshot wounds, Lindsay delays her start on the task force to help with the investigation. Oh, and a bomb goes off.

  • VH1

    Series premiere: On the eve of her second wedding, Becca (Laura Ramsey, White Collar) is mysteriously sent back in time to the ’90s. Can she make better choices this time around? (Watch sneak peek.)

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  1. Jess says:

    Chicago PD

    • Zoila says:

      I’m so looking forward to Empire! It kinda looks like Dallas, but instead of oil, the family business is hip hop. And Taraji looks as amazing as ever!

  2. livvy says:

    Chicago PD
    Modern Family
    Top Chef

  3. Justin says:

    Modern Family

  4. kirads09 says:

    Empire – bring it on!

  5. James says:


  6. Joey Padron says:

    People’s Choice Awards and The Tonight Show. DVR American Horror Story: Freak Show.

  7. Tran says:

    The Mentalist and the People’s Choice Awards

  8. Lizo says:

    Empire!!! Been so excited for this show. Now here’s hoping Fox doesn’t do what it normally does and cancel it in 3 weeks.

  9. N says:

    The Middle
    People’s Choice Awards!

  10. brandydanforth81 says:


  11. HeatherC says:

    I cannot wait to see The Goldbergs take on the NKOTB obsession of the 80’s tonight! I’m also looking forward to SVU and Chicago PD (yay that Nashville hasn’t come back yet so I can watch CPD live for a while). =)

  12. sarah j says:

    Modern Family
    Chicago PD

  13. Lyn says:

    American Idol
    Having had a houseful of chatty women over on Sunday evening, I’ll be re-watching Downton Abbey and The Manners of Downton Abbey that follows.
    DVR Gallivant as I forgot to record it on Sunday.

  14. herman1959 says:

    Empire – even though the description “ex-con ex-wife Cookie” probably reveals a lot about this show, I’ll try it any way.

  15. Maryann says:

    The Mentalist
    Chicago PD

  16. LAwoman says:

    Modern Family
    AHS: Freak Show
    Hot in Cleveland

  17. Amy H says:

    “Maddie Conrad, here’s your chance!” You always make me laugh, Kim!

  18. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Watching LIVE
    AHS: Freak Show
    People’s choice awards
    might check out Empire…..maybe

  19. Dawn says:

    Thank you for letting me know tvline that tonight is the premier of American Idol and the Mentalist! But the two are up against each other at same time. Good thing its 2015 and that is still doable.

  20. Sass says:

    Her name is CHASTITY, not Charity.