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TV best bets with Olympics, season finales of 'Unreal,' 'Devious Maids,' 'Animal Kingdom'

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Yang Sun of China competes in heat six of the Men's 400m Freestyle on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Sunday, August 7, 2016

The first full week of the Olympics continues this week with swimming, beach volleyball and men's gymnastics among the prime-time sporting events to be aired on NBC.

Of course, sister stations are airing plenty of coverage of the Rio Olympics as well as on-demand options to stream.

Interest in this Olympics seems to be less than London four years ago but it's a little early to know that for sure. The tape-delayed opener last Friday drew 26.5 million total viewers, down 35% from the all-time audience high of London, which had 40.7 million on July 27, 2012. This is the lowest opener since 2004. But at the same time, this doesn't include people streaming the opening as well.

Very few networks are daring to debut anything of note while the Olympics are on though Lifetime is wrapping "Devious Maids" and "Unreal" Monday, while VH1 finished up season five of 'Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." No word yet from Lifetime whether they plan to bring back "Devious Maids" (shot in Atlanta) for season five but Lifetime has already given "Unreal" a third season. VH1 is certain to bring back "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" for a sixth season given its consistently strong ratings.

Plus, TNT is closing shop for the season on "Animal Kingdom," which has been renewed for a second season.

This covers Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14, 2016.


“2016 Summer Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Women's diving, men's gymnastics, women's beach volleyball.

“Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC (new time slot) — One bachelor is forced to exit paradise early and insults Chris Harrison and his cast mates on his way out.

“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” 8 p.m. VH1 — Second and final part reviewing season five.

“Angie Tribeca” 9 p.m. TBS (second season finale) — Electoral shenanigans ensue.

“Devious Maids” 9 p.m. Lifetime (fourth season finale) — Zoila uncovers a secret that leads Rosie to the truth about Peri's murder.

“Unreal” 10 p.m. Lifetime (second season finale) — Quinn's plans for the remaining two contestants could be foiled by an unexpected turn of events.


“2016 Olympics” 8 p.m. NBC — Women's diving, women's gymnastics, swimming

Pretty Little Liars” 8 p.m. Freeform — Jason returns to Rosewood to warn Ali not to trust Mary.

Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC — Things heat up when the women are given the power

Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. TNT (first season finale) — Baz is perplexed by Catherine's vanishing and tracks all leads.

The Have and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Jim forms an unlikely alliance in his plot against Candace.

Zoo” 9 p.m. CBS — Jackson comes to learn that his mother is missing in Africa.

“Scream ” 10 p.m. MTV — Following another murder, Emma and Audrey find themselves implicated in the killing spree.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The Top 18 cooks split up into two teams to prepare appetizers and entrées.

“2016 Olympics ” 8 p.m. NBC Women's beach volleyball, swimming, men's gymnastics.

“Duck Dynasty ” 9 p.m. A&E  — The guys go to a rodeo camp and Kay's dog gets a new girlfriend, requiring her and Willie to meet the dog's owners.

“Suits ” 9 p.m. USA — Mike tries to gain Kevin's trust while Harvey enacts a risky plan.

“Greenleaf ” 10 p.m. OWN — Grace thwarts Mac's attempt to blackmail the Bishop.

“Mr. Robot ” 10 p.m. USA — Mr. Robot tries to show Elliot that he can be useful.

“Tyrant” 10 p.m. FX — Daliyah is put in danger due to Barry's policies.


“NFL preseason” 7 p.m. the CW — Redskins at Falcons

“2016 Olympics 8 p.m. NBC Women's gymnastics, swimming

“Braxton Family Values 9 p.m. WE — Tamar's shocked by her sisters' reaction to her surprise.

“Ice Road Truckers 10 p.m. History — At Polar, a truck crashes into a snowbank; legendary Alex Debogorski makes his return by taking on an untested crossing.

“Sex & Drugs & Rock n Roll 10 p.m. FX — Gigi tries being a manager while Johnny's charity anthem gains momentum. Rehab becomes upset about his contribution to "Feast" as rehearsals begin.


“The Get Down” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — The first six episodes of Baz Luhrmann's all-new music-driven drama will focus on 1970s New York City.

“2016 Olympics 8 p.m. NBC — Track and field, swimming, women's diving.

“Love Thy Neighbor ” 9 p.m. OWN  Linda needs her mother's care.

“Killjoys 9 p.m. Syfy — The team is tested to the core as tensions rise while Dutch interrogates a lethal Level Six agent he captured and Johnny secretly investigates Jelco's wall for Pawter.

“Outcast ” 10 p.m. Cinemax (first season finale) — Kyle and Anderson search Rome for a surprise perpetrator, while Sidney clarifies his intentions.


“Perfect Sisters8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — This true-crime thriller follows two teenage sisters as their drug-addled mother plans to move in with an abusive lover

“2016 Olympics  7 p.m. Sunday NBC — Women's diving; track and field; gymnastics; women's beach volleyball. 

“Celebrity Family Feud 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — Paula Deen vs. Carson Kressley.

“$100,000 Pyramid 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Teri Polo vs. Zachary Levi

“Chesapeake Shores 9 p.m. Sunday Hallmark (new series) — Abby returns to her hometown after hearing troubling news about the family inn facing foreclosure.

“The Night Of 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO— Prosecutor Helen Weiss gets ready for trial, while Naz and Freddy's alliance grows stronger.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime— Ray enlists Lena and Daryll to ensure the rematch with Whittaker proceeds.

“Roadies” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Phil regales the crew with a story from his past during an all-night bus ride.

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