The May ratings period, which starts today (Thursday), means the TV season is nearing its official end.
A few highlights:
1. In recent years, "American Idol" named its winner on the season's last night. But this year "Idol" reveals its top singer May 16, nearly a week before the season concludes May 22. The slipping singing contest also faces the season finales of "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal."
3. In drama, "The Good Wife" wraps up its season Sunday. The terrific episode features Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, Emmy-winner Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, election returns and a jaw-dropping final scene. What will that mean for the show next season?
"CSI" goes May 15 as do "Arrow" and "Supernatural."
4. Best guest shot? I have high hopes for Bob Newhart as a kids' show host on the May 2 episode of "The Big Bang Theory."
You'll also see Patty Duke on the May 9 "Glee." Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones") plays Sherlock's former lover over three hours of "Elementary," starting May 9. Marilu Henner plays Hilary Duff's grandmother -- yes, her grandmother -- on the May 9 "Two and a Half Men."
The "CSI" season finale Annabella Sciorra, Eric Roberts and a performance by Black Sabbath. May 22 on ABC has Marion Ross on "The Middle," Fred Willard on "Modern Family" and Brad Paisley on "Nashville."
CBS counters with "Tim McGraw's Superstar Night." That May 19 special features Faith Hill, John Fogerty, the Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.
Yes, through the powers of TV, Taylor Swift can be on two competing programs.