TV's top time-period battles this fall

"Revenge" -- currently higher rated than "Good Wife" -- will gain a stronger lead-in thanks to "Once Upon a Time."

Story highlights

  • ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall
  • 9 p.m. on Tuesday: Six comedies on three networks. It's a sitcom sigalert, a comedy battle royale
  • "Grey's Anatomy" is higher rated but "Glee" will have a better lead-in
With the fall TV schedule now complete, we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought.
There's some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*
Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): "No, my show's lamer!" ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC's comedies premiere in November). NBC has "Whitney" and "Community" and ABC has "Last Man Standing" and new comedy "Malibu Country." ("Community" fans, if your a** beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows "Shark Tank" and "Grimm" will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.
Britney Spears vs. Christina ‪Aguilera‬: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. "The Voice" and "X Factor" won't air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC's "The Voice" has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to "X Factor's" 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast "The Voice" with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can't hold down Xtina.
"Two and a Half Men" vs. everything else (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.): My have times changed. Back in the day, "Men" was the star that helped to launch new comedies. Now it's been reduced to living in "The Big Bang Theory's" shadow on Thursday. Has CBS lost confidence in the