Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Analysis: CBS Announces its 2012-2013 Schedule

Upfront Week 2012 continues with CBS's announcement of their 2012-2013 schedule. The Eye didn't make too many big changes, but there's still material to discuss about their schedule. The schedule and my analysis are after the jump.

8PM: How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM: Partners*
9PM: 2 Broke Girls
9:30PM: Mike & Molly
10PM: Hawaii Five-0

Thoughts: One thing that CBS didn't do, which many others and myself were expecting, is opening up Thursdays into a new comedy block. I'm mentioning this here because 2 Broke Girls would have played a major role in that expansion. I knew that the show's success would play a role in this schedule, and it did. The show will be the new center of the CBS Monday lineup. I imagine that this move will work out very well for the network, and will help prepare them for the end of Two and a Half Men. On the rest of the night, the 8PM, 9:30PM, and 10PM timeslots are stable. Partners gets slotted into the timeslot from which 2 Broke Girls successfully launched last season. This should remain a successful night of television for the network.

10PM: Vegas*

Thoughts: The first 2 hours are stable, with the two NCIS series remaining together. At 10, CBS is launching Vegas. I don't know how compatible the two NCIS series are with a 60s cop drama, but this is the slot where the Good Wife ran successfully for a season. If they can sell Vegas well, it should get a strong sampling, but I don't think NCIS: LA is going to do any favors for the series.

8PM: Survivor
9PM: Criminal Minds

Thoughts: CBS maintains stability on this night. This night worked very well for them this season, and I can't imagine that changing next season.

8PM: The Big Bang Theory
8:30PM: Two and a Half Men
9PM: Person of Interest
10PM: Elementary*

Thoughts: The timeslot following the Big Bang Theory has given CBS a lot of trouble. They have yet to find a series that retains enough of that series's audience. Now, they're putting Two and a Half Men, the series that made the Big Bang Theory a massive hit, behind it. This should stop the bleeding, and help prepare the network for a time when they won't have it in their Monday night lineup. Person of Interest remains at 9, where it has started to grow. The 10PM slot goes to Elementary. This has been a high profile series ever since it was announced, if for no other reason than it brought up comparisons to Sherlock. This should find success in this timeslot, especially with Person of Interest as its lead-in.

9PM: Made in Jersey*
10PM: Blue Bloods

Thoughts: CBS has tried launching new dramas at 8PM over the past couple years and it hasn't worked out for them. To fix this, they are sliding CSI: NY to 8 and they are putting the new legal drama Made in Jersey at 9. This gives Made in Jersey a small chance of succeeding. Blue Bloods continues to chug along at 10, with an old, but consistent audience.

8-10PM: Crimetime Saturday
10PM: 48 Hour Mystery

Thoughts: CBS keeps another night stable.

7PM: 60 Minutes
8PM: The Amazing Race
9PM: The Good Wife
10PM: The Mentalist

Thoughts: The first three hours continue the trend of stability. While the Good Wife doesn't have the largest audience, it has maintained that audience when its start is delayed by football. The Mentalist is being put here to fill the slot left open by CSI: Miami's cancellation. It should do decently here and should run for at least another year or two.

Midseason: Friend Me *, Golden Boy*, The Job*, Undercover Boss

Fate Unknown: Rules of Engagement

*New Series are marked with an asterisk

What do you all think about CBS's schedule?

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