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Terminator ratings down, blamed on writers strike

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No one can really see into the future, not even the tough-talking, time-travelling freedom fighters on

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

So it’s tough to tell if last week’s lowerthan-expected returns for Terminator’s season debut in the U.S. were a temporary aberration or the early signs of a worrying trend.

Either way, last week’s tepid o p e ni ng- ni g ht numbers — down 35 per cent from Terminator’s series debut on Jan. 14, according to Mediaweek numbers cruncher Marc Berman — were yet another indication that the after-effects of last year’s writers strike continue to reverberat­e around the TV industry.

In tonight’s episode, Automatic for the People, Sarah (Lena Headey) and Cameron (Summer Glau) look into the shady goings-on at a nuclear power plant, while corporate tycoon Catherine Weaver (Shirley Manson) draws one step closer in her bid to take over the world.

An unexpected­ly long break between new episodes in the middle of a season can be deadly for a serialized drama.

Sarah Connor Chronicles is a long way from dying, but its future looks imperfect all of a sudden. If the numbers continue to drop, it may take a resurrecti­on on the order of Cameron’s back-from-the-dead revival act last week to save it. Terminator fans can only hope it doesn’t come to that. (8 p.m., Fox, channel 2, cable 7, and A, channel 16/60, cable 6) Just when mild-mannered, laid-back

escapee Thomas “TBag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper) gets himself cleaned up real nice, with a shave, shower and a spiffy new suit and tie and all, he runs into low-lifes Linc Burrows (Dominic Purcell) and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) all over again. I tell you, life just ain’t fair. (9 p.m., Fox, channel 2, cable 7, and Global, channel 22, cable 3) Before The Dark Knight, there was

Christophe­r Nolan’s 2005 epic odyssey about the origins of the Caped Crusader still packs an emotional punch on the small screen, if not its visual grandeur. Superhero storytelli­ng at its most adult and mature. (8 p.m., ABC, channel 7, cable 8, and E!, cable 59) Or you can catch a new episode of

called, um, The Dark Night, in which Blair (Leighton Meester) questions the lack of passion in her current relationsh­ip, while Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) are trapped in an elevator during a citywide blackout. (8 p.m., CW, channel 50, cable 60)

Prison Break

Batman Begins.

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