1) Football, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN2. By logic, Clemson should be comfy here. It’s in the national championship game for the fourth time in five years. It’s won twice in the past three years and is fresh from a come-from-behind win over powerhouse Ohio State. But this is in the New Orleans Superdome, almost home turf for top-ranked Louisiana State. Facing Oklahoma, Heisman-winner Joe Burrow (show here) tied a bowl record with seven touchdown passes – all in the first half; LSU won, 63-28.
2) “The Bachelor” 8-10 p.m., ABC. In last week’s season-opener, nine women had a group date that included Hannah Brown describing her intimacy (well, triple-intimacy) with Peter Weber in the “fantasy suite” of “Bachelorette.” Weber also had a heart-to-heart chat with her. That continues tonight, ABC says, and the group-date women learn their fate. The show collides with the second round of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” spin-off, with 10 more former finalists performing.
3) “Bob (hearts) Abishola,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Here’s a rerun of a terrific episode. Abishola decides to give one more chance to the guy her aunt prefers; he’s a pharmacist who shares her Nigerian roots, is terribly handsome … and terribly dull. Her uncle races to warn Bob, who is his favorite.
4) “Manifest,” 10 p.m., NBC. In last week’s season-opener, Ben decided it’s to bond with and help other survivors of the mystery flight. Now he meets a college student who may have discovered a violent crime … or committed one. Also, Grace has a startling discovery about her pregnancy.
5) “Ackley Bridge,” any time, www.acorn.tv. This started as a brash comedy about merging two schools, one mostly white, the other mostly Pakistani. No one – kids, teachers, parents – was happy. Amid the chaos, two teens stood out. Nasreen is Pakistani, Missy isn’t; their lives blended … until now. Nasreen has a shot at a top college; Missy will be lucky to finish high school. Stick around; in the final minutes, a good episode adds powerful jolts that continue in the second hour.