War of the Worlds 9 p.m., Channel 2
This episode of “American Experience” revisits the Oct. 30, 1938,
radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’s “War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. The documentary includes interviews with Welles’s eldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, and Peter Bogdanovich, as well as dramatizations of letters sent to Welles (pictured) after the broadcast. Some listeners reportedly believed the account of a Martian invasion. Maybe the contemporary parallel is Jimmy Kimmel’s fake twerking video?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 8 p.m., ABC
In September, this show had a successful premiere, with 11.9 million viewers and a strong 18-49 rating. But the numbers have dropped consistently since. While hot new shows often lose viewers after the premiere, they generally stabilize pretty quickly. ABC has ordered a full season already, but its confidence may be misplaced. On Tuesday night, ABC is reairing the pilot episode, hoping to draw newcomers. (Pictured: Clark Gregg, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge)
Masters of Sex 10 p.m., Showtime
Hey, Showtime renude this series.
Life Below Zero 10 p.m., National Geographic
Waiting for the sequel, “Why I moved to Boca.”
Beauty Queen Murders 10 p.m., ID
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