“History Detectives” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) returns with a Western theme. After buying a Kit Carson biography for cheap, Charles Burns discovers some papers hidden between the covers that could be linked to the frontiersman’s family. Another investigation explores some secrets behind the lyrics to the popular song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” a 1930s cowboy number composed by Bob Nolan popularized by The Sons of the Pioneers in 1946 and reintroduced to listeners in 1998 as part of the soundtrack to “The Big Lebowski.”
• The powerful documentary “Kind Hearted Woman” concludes on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) with Robin Charboneau challenging her ex-husband for the custody of her children after she has discovered that he has begun to abuse her daughter. Her stand not only requires her to challenge her former spouse, but testify about her own history of incest at the hands of her father and challenge her reservation’s tribal tradition of silence.
Tonight’s other highlights
• Eight divers remain on “Splash” (7 p.m., ABC).
• The pros and cons of protein on “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 p.m., Fox).
• The American edition of “Top Gear” (8 p.m., History) wraps up its season.
• Murder in Baton Rouge on “Nightmare Next Door” (8 p.m., ID).
• Mindy catches the eye of a good-looking man on “The Mindy Project” (8:30 p.m., Fox).
• Ballistic evidence links a subway shooting to a much older crime on “Golden Boy” (9 p.m., CBS).
• The presence of Ivy’s mother in the cast requires diplomatic efforts on “Smash” (9 p.m., NBC).
• A woman sinks her teeth into Tommy on “Body of Proof” (9 p.m., ABC).
• Renters set fires on “World’s Worst Tenants” (9 p.m., Spike).
• A dubious double date on “Preacher’s Daughters” (9 p.m., Lifetime).
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