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

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cbs-logoCBS has announced its 2009-10 schedule. With CBS doing relatively better than the competition in 2008-9, it’s not surprising that there was effectively no fundamental change in the schedule. Although even the minor juggling of a few veteran series have some commenters in the announcement post twisted in knots.

Compared to 2008 CBS has the same number of new shows, a half-hour more new show time, and no changes at all to its unscripted shows.

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

New Shows

2009 (5 shows, 4.5 hours): Accidentally On Purpose (1/2 hour), NCIS: Los Angeles (1 hour), The Good Wife (1 hour), Medium (1 hour), Three Rivers (1 hour).

2008 (5 shows, 4 hours): Worst Week (1/2 hour), The Mentalist (1 hour), Gary Unmarried (1/2 hour), Eleventh Hour (1 hour), The Ex-List (1 hour).

Unscripted Shows

2009 (4 hours): Survivor (1 hour), 48 Hours Mystery (1 hour), 60 Minutes (1 hour), The Amazing Race (1 hour).

2008 (4 hours): Survivor (1 hour), 48 Hours Mystery (1 hour), 60 Minutes (1 hour), The Amazing Race (1 hour).

My Ratings Forecast

With a largely status quo schedule, CBS looks to be slightly positive vs. 2008-9. (Taking into account the general drift downward in all broadcast TV audiences). Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday look to perform on par with 2008-9. Tuesday is likely a net negative (unlikely that The Mentalist’s success will be duplicated, and Without A Trace didn’t do badly). Thursday and Friday both look to be net positives.

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


Day/time 2008 2009
Monday
8-8:30p THE BIG BANG THEORY HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
8:30-9p HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE
9-9:30p TWO AND A HALF MEN TWO AND A HALF MEN
9:30-10p WORST WEEK THE BIG BANG THEORY
10-11p CSI: MIAMI CSI: MIAMI
Tuesday
8-9p NCIS NCIS
9-10p THE MENTALIST NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10-11p WITHOUT A TRACE THE GOOD WIFE
Wednesday
8-8:30p NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
8:30-9p GARY UNMARRIED GARY UNMARRIED
9-10p CRIMINAL MINDS CRIMINAL MINDS
10-11p CSI:NY CSI:NY
Thursday
8-9p SURVIVOR SURVIVOR
9-10p CSI CSI
10-11p 11TH HOUR THE MENTALIST
Friday
8-9p GHOST WHISPERER GHOST WHISPERER
9-10p THE EX-LIST MEDIUM
10-11p NUMB3RS NUMB3RS
Saturday
8-9p CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS
9-10p CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS
10-11p 48 Hours Mystery 48 HOURS MYSTERY
Sunday
7-8p 60 MINUTES 60 MINUTES
8-9p THE AMAZING RACE THE AMAZING RACE
9-10p THE UNIT THREE RIVERS
10-11p COLD CASE COLD CASE

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: Miami Trauma, The Bridge, Rules of Engagement, Undercover Boss, Arranged Marriage.

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

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