“Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories” (6 p.m., National Geographic) offers the first, moment-by-moment documentary look at the seemingly preventable mishap, including extensive interviews with survivors who were having the time of their lives right up to the moment disaster struck.
• An entry in the male arrested-development genre, “Comic Book Men” (9 p.m., AMC) consists of writer/director Kevin Smith hanging out with his New Jersey pals discussing comic book lore for a podcast.
We also meet outsiders who arrive at their Red Bank, N.J., shop to see what their collections are worth. Like any gaggle of buddies, Smith and his entourage laugh frequently one another’s jokes and asides. Even when they’re not terribly funny. That’s what friends are for.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): A cancer study raises doubts, India’s need for gold, Adele discusses her recent surgery.
• “Dateline NBC” (6p.m., NBC) looks into a second- degree murder conviction.
• The 54th annual Grammy Awards (7 p.m., CBS) includes performances by Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Rihanna, among many others.
• Ogres abound on “Once Upon a Time” (7p.m., ABC).
• The 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (7 p.m., BBC America) offers a precursor to the Oscars.
• “MLK: The Assassination Tapes” (8 p.m., Smithsonian) recalls the murder of the civil rights leader.
• The influenza epidemic of 1918 strikes several major players on the “Masterpiece Classic” presentation of “Downton Abbey” (8 p.m., PBS).
• A less-than-blessed event on “Desperate Housewives” (8 p.m., ABC).
• A jockey’s fall jeopardizes a horse’s first race on “Luck” (8 p.m., HBO).
• Stumbling through Nebraska on “The Walking Dead” (8 p.m., AMC).
• An abandoned ship goes missing on “CSI: Miami” (9 p.m., CBS).
• A Roman holiday on “Pan Am” (9 p.m., ABC).