ABC 2009 Fall Schedule vs. 2008 Fall Schedule By The Numbers

Categories: Fall 2009 TV Schedule

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May 19th, 2009

abclogoABC has announced its 2009-10 schedule. Compared to 2008 it has lots more new shows, far more new show time, and slightly less unscripted show time. ABC is going with a lineup of entirely new shows on Wednesday night but is keeping Saturday and Sunday nights unchanged. They're putting a presumably cheap scripted show (Ugly Betty) on Friday nights.

Here is a look at its Fall 2009 Schedule vs. its Fall 2008 Schedule by the Numbers.

New Shows

2009 (8 shows, 6 hours): Shark Tank (1 hour),  The Forgotten (1 hour), Hank (1/2 hour), The Middle (1/2 hour), Modern Family (1/2 hour), Cougar Town (1/2 hour), Eastwick (1 hour), Flash Forward (1 hour)

2008 (2 shows, 2 hours): Opportunity Knocks (1 hour), Life on Mars (1 hour)

Unscripted Shows

2009 (11 hours): Dancing with the Stars + Results (3 hours),  Shark Tank (1 hour), Supernanny (1 hour), 20/20 (1 hour), Saturday Night College Football (3 hours), America's Funniest Home Videos (1 hour), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1 hour).

2008 (11.5 hours): Dancing with the Stars + Results (2.5 hours),  Opportunity Knocks (1 hour), Wife Swap (1 hour), Supernanny (1 hour), 20/20 (1 hour), Saturday Night College Football (3 hours), America's Funniest Home Videos (1 hour), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1 hour).

My Ratings Forecast

Monday looks to be a net positive with an extra half hour of DWTS. Tuesday about even. Wednesday looks to be a net negative, potentially large. Thursday's a net positive (vs. Fall 2008). Friday about even. Saturday and Sunday even. Overall, it looks to me like status quo vs. Fall 2008 unless Wednesday night surprises substantially either to the upside or the downside.

For information on other broadcast TV Fall 2009 schedules click here.


Day/Time 2008 2009
Monday
8-9:30p Dancing with the Stars Dancing with the Stars (8-10p)
9:30-10p Samantha Who?
10-11p Boston Legal Castle
Tuesday
8-9p Opportunity Knocks Shark Tank
9-10p Dancing With The Stars Results Dancing With The Stars Results
10-11p Eli Stone The Forgotten
Wednesday
8-8:30p Pushing Daisies (8-9p) Hank
8:30-9p The Middle
9-9:30p Private Practice (9-10p) Modern Family
9:30-10p Cougar Town
10-11p Dirty Sexy Money Eastwick
Thursday
8-9p Ugly Betty Flash Forward
9-10p Grey’s Anatomy Grey’s Anatomy
10-11p Life on Mars Private Practice
Friday
8-9p Wife Swap Supernanny
9-10p Supernanny Ugly Betty
10-11p 20/20 20/20
Saturday
8-11p Saturday Night College Football Saturday Night College Football
Sunday
7-8p America’s Funniest Home Videos America’s Funniest Home Videos
8-9p Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9-10p Desperate Housewives Desperate Housewives
10-11p Brothers & Sisters Brothers & Sisters

Shows in BOLD are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2008 shows in strikethrough did not return.

The shows scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later are: The Bachelor, Scrubs, and Better Off Ted. The Deep End, Wife Swap and V were in ABC's announcement, but had no date/time attached.

It's not worth the time to compare mid-season schedules. Changes are almost certain between now and January.

 
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