CBS 2012-13 Primetime Schedule: '2 Broke Girls' To 9pm, 'Mentalist' To Sunday, 'Two & A Half Men' To Thursday, 'CSI:NY' To 8pm

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May 16th, 2012


2pm Update: Here are the trailers for the new CBS Fall shows.

The only thing particularly surprising is that Rules of Engagement is nowhere to be found. Asked about Rules during the conference call, Nina Tassler said "We're still discussing, haven't made a decision yet".

Also, no mid-season information at all including the whereabouts of reported pickups Friend Me and Golden Boy.

You can also check out ABC's 2012-13 primetime scheduleNBC's 2012-13 primetime schedule and Fox's 2012-13 primetime schedule.

via press release:



America’s Most-Watched Network Adds Four New Series


New Series Include the Dramas ELEMENTARY, VEGAS, MADE IN JERSEY, Plus the New Comedy PARTNERS


19 Current Series Return


CBS Makes Four Key Time Period Moves to Grow Nights and Spread Strength Across the Schedule


#1 New Comedy 2 BROKE GIRLS Moves to 9:00 PM on Monday


TWO AND A HALF MEN Moves to Thursday at 8:30 PM, Creating A Powerful Comedy Block with THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8:00 PM


CSI: NY to Open Fridays at 8:00 PM and THE MENTALIST Takes Over Sundays at 10:00 PM


NEW YORK – CBS announced today its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, ordering four new series and making four key time period moves to further enhance television’s top-rated schedule. CBS will finish the season asAmerica’s most-watched network for the ninth time in the past 10 years, leading in viewers by the widest margin of any network in 23 years.

The new series include ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; VEGAS, a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; MADE IN JERSEY, starring Janet Montgomery as a smart first-year lawyer with working-class roots practicing at a prestigious Manhattan law firm; and PARTNERS, a comedy about two very different life-long best friends and business partners and their significant others, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie.


“These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility.  And, our new comedy PARTNERS fits perfectly with the CBS Monday night tradition of relationship comedies with a lot of heart and humor.”


The freshman series will be joined by 19 returning shows, including the season’s #1 drama/scripted program – NCIS; the #1 scripted series in adults 18-49 and #1 comedy – THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 new series – PERSON OF INTEREST; #1 new series/comedy in adults 18-49/25-54 – 2 BROKE GIRLS; #1 news program – 60 MINUTES; and the eight-time Emmy Award winner THE AMAZING RACE.




For midseason, the Emmy Award-nominated UNDERCOVER BOSS returns, plus the new reality series THE JOB from executive producers Michael Davies and Mark Burnett. Also for midseason are the new drama GOLDEN BOY and the new comedy FRIEND ME.


The new 2012-2013 schedule is as follows:


On Monday, CBS makes a bold scheduling move and adds a new half-hour series to TV’s top comedy night. The veteran HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER returns at 8:00 PM and provides a strong lead-in for the new comedy PARTNERS at 8:30 PM. The #1 new comedy of the season, 2 BROKE GIRLS, moves to 9:00 PM to anchor the night, followed by the sophomore hits MIKE & MOLLY at 9:30 PM and HAWAII FIVE-0 at 10:00 PM, the top-rated 10:00 PM series on television in adults 18-49.


On Tuesday, CBS uses television’s top-rated dramas as lead-ins for a new one-hour series. The #1 drama/scripted series NCIS remains at 8:00 PM, followed by the #2 drama/scripted series NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 9:00 PM, which will provide a powerful and compatible lead-in for the star-studded new series VEGAS at 10:00 PM.


On Wednesday, a successful night remains intact with potent lead-off hitter SURVIVOR at 8:00 PM, popular thriller CRIMINAL MINDS at 9:00 PM, and the resurgent time period-winning CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION at 10:00 PM, where it improved the time period by 23% in adults 18-49.


On Thursday, CBS creates a powerful comedy block and adds a provocative new drama. The #1 comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8:00 PM is now paired with the #2 comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN at 8:30 PM, creating a formidable comedy duo as a lead-in for the #1 new drama PERSON OF INTEREST at 9:00 PM, which flows seamlessly into the smart new drama ELEMENTARY at 10:00 PM.


On Friday, CBS moves a veteran series to kick off the night and launches a new drama in a protected time period. CSI: NY, which consistently wins its time period, moves to 8:00 PM, providing an established lead-in for the new legal drama MADE IN JERSEY at 9:00 PM. BLUE BLOODS, the night’s most-watched series, remains a solid anchor at 10:00 PM.


Saturday will feature CBS’s CRIMETIME programming from 8:00-10:00 PM, followed by the popular true crime series 48 HOURS MYSTERY at 10:00 PM.


On Sunday, CBS adds a hit drama to a prestigious, award-winning lineup. The acclaimed news magazine 60 MINUTES returns for its 45th season to open at 7:00 PM, followed by the eight-time Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE at 8:00 PM and the critically lauded and award-winning drama THE GOOD WIFE at 9:00 PM. A proven ratings winner at 10:00 PM, THE MENTALIST moves to Sunday to close out the night.


The New Dramas:


ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in Londonand a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson.  A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance.  However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients.  He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs.  But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team.  With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New Yorksolving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.  Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in VEGAS, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds.  Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life.  Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own.  Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley).  Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice.  In Vegas, two powerful men – Lamb and Savino – are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.  Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


MADE IN JERSEY is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm.  Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm’s cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks).  With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment.  Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.  Pilot was written by creator and co-executive producer Dana Calvo.


The New Comedy:


PARTNERS is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married.  Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life.  That’s in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration.  Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor.  As news of Joe’s engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships.  Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.  Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.


The New Midseason Series:


GOLDEN BOY is a drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it.  As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James) flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement.  After only three years as a beat cop, Clark’s heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard – of promotion to Homicide Detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail.  Clark’s disappointed to be partnered with veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride), a gruff lifer just two years shy of retirement.  He would rather team with First Grade Detective Christian Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro), the alpha dog in the squad who’s just as ambitious as Clark, but without a moral center.  Arroyo’s partner is Detective Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville), a tough third-generation cop and the only female detective in the unit. Also on the team is Detective Joe Diaco (Holt McCallany), well-connected with tremendous resources whichClark might find useful.  Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark’s soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes (Stella Maeve), a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior.  Keenly observant and politically savvy, the Golden Boy bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he’ll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences.  Greg Berlanti, Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton and Richard Shepard, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.


FRIEND ME is a comedy about two 20-something best friends who just moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to start cool new jobs, but can’t agree on how to socially engage in their new city. Rob (Nicholas Braun) is eager to embrace the L.A.scene and meet new people who aren’t looking down at their smart phones or laptops.  Evan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), however, prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web-chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike (Parveesh Cheena), Sully (Tim Robinson) and Farhad (Dan Ahdoot) just a keystroke away. Meanwhile, Rob’s had enough of iChatting, and naively posts a flyer seeking new friends on the coffee house bulletin board, despite Evan’s warning that no good can come from meeting strangers in person. Soon the calls start rolling in, some with potential, some just disturbing, and Rob and a reluctant Evan embark on what will be a series of the most epic adventures – and disasters – of their lives.  Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with The Tannenbaum Company.  The pilot was directed by Pamela Fryman.


From reality show masters Michael Davies (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” “Watch What Happens Live”) and Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) comes a new reality series, THE JOB, where every week talented candidates are chosen from across the country for a chance to win their dream job at one of America’s most prestigious companies. Host Lisa Ling guides participants through several rounds of the most intense interviews of their lives, including challenges ranging from an on-the-spot quiz to assess their knowledge of the company to deadline-driven tasks while spending a day on the job. But the candidates aren’t the only ones in the hot seat. Adding to the pressure, a rival company is also present and waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and steal any of the contenders by making a competing offer. The participant must then decide immediately whether they will take the rival’s offer or stay in the competition in the hope that they are the last one standing for this once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row.




(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)



8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30-9:00 PM              PARTNERS (N)

9:00-9:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (NT)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY

10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0



8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10:00-11:00 PM          VEGAS (N)



8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS




8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            PERSON OF INTEREST

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (N)



8:00-9:00 PM              CSI: NY (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            MADE IN JERSEY (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS



8:00-9:00 PM              CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY



7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE

9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (NT)


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  • AC75


    I don’t agree with everything you said, but one thing is for sure. You’re right about the laughter tracks. When I try a new show and I hear that madness, I switch off within minutes. There’s nothing in this world so annoying. Don’t tell me when to laugh. Make the show funny and I’ll know where the jokes are. As for The Big Bang Theory… Yup, it’s garbage.

    AMC has a lot of great shows. HBO… not really, they’re mostly hype. But FX, Showtime, and TNT have good stuff, too. Cable is definitely where it’s at these days.

  • Justin121

    Wait, Made in Jersey is not a reality show?

    A law show on Fridays?

    Why is there such uproar about The Mentalist mvoing to Sundays. Would the fans prefer a move to Fridays?

    It would make sense: old-skew Mentalist with Blue Bloods on Fridays and the law show with the law show on Sundays.

    CSY: NY (1.1 ratings)
    New young-female show (hoping to recapture the Ghost Whisperer fans)
    Blue Bloods

    Doesn’t make any sense.

    I think this’ll be the year CBS strikes out. They’ll hide behind football and Super-Bowl-fueled win but their Four New Series will bomb.

  • ToXiX

    Actually looking forward to “Partners” :|

    “Made In Jersey” doesn’t look half bad, but it’s dead on arrival.

    “Elementary”, I will check out the first 2 weeks, then I will decide. I like the premise.

    “Vegas”, I won’t like, but my dad will.. and he’s a hardcore NCIS & NCIS: LA watcher, so I’m sure it’ll get his attention.

  • Leonard

    @ Justin121

    I agree I don’t get why so many people are mad about the Sunday moves this year. I Sunday the new death slot or something b/c of how powerful football has gotten on the night?

    It seems like its a good thing to be on a Friday night now.

    CBS is going to really start struggling now their hits are aging but still reliable for a few more years. They haven’t built for the future the correct way the past 3 years except for 2 Broke Girls, POI, Blue Bloods, and NCIS: LA.

    ABC and NBC might be catching up next season, FOX is just plain about to be dead in a couple of years.

  • jake

    the big wigs at CBS much have brain damage. why else would they have moved the Mentalist to Sundays. all the programs that have occupied the 10pm spot on sunday never did real good. and their new dramas sound very boring.

  • Petar

    Man this will be the worst dramas season. This will be the bottom. From 3-4 years dramas are in bad shape but this time they will hit the bottom. Most of the trailers are so boring, so terrible that i even can’t finish them. Outside revolution and probably nashville everything else is awful. Period. CBS 10pm dramas can survive (if survive) only because are with little or no competition. At least revolution can turn out next lost!

  • Cliffmate

    Fridays do look like an elite night of the week all of the sudden this season.

    It’s like if your on a Friday now that’s great. If your on a Thursday except CBS or Sunday its like a new death slot.

  • Joseph

    Peeps need to get that at least 2 established shows need to end every year to keep any network fresh.
    The shows being launched in the Fall all look solid though not sure about all of the time slots but they have enough positives that I feel that most of them can easily grab a solid audience.

  • Feedback

    Here are my predictions for next season’s winners:

    8:00- NBC Sunday Night Football will win the night for NBC with Once Upon a Time coming in a distant second.
    9:00- NBC Sunday Night Football will continue domination with Revenge coming second for ABC.
    10:00- NBC will keep winning the night with Football while ABC takes second with 666 Park Ave.

    Obviously, NBC wins the whole night, but ABC will take 2nd place each hour.

    8:00- The Voice will win the night for NBC with CBS’ How I met your Mother coming second. Dancing with the Stars isn’t what it used to be. CBS will also be second place with Partners at 8:30.
    9:00- The Voice will continue its win for most nights, with 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly in second place for CBS.
    10:00-Hawaii 5-0 will continue winning this timeslot for CBS. I really thought CBS would move Castle elsewhere to see if it could fair better at another time. Tuesdays at 9 would have been perfect.

    NBC wins first two hours with its hit reality show with CBS taking the final hour. Revolution will be canceled before the season is over.

    8:00- NCIS is a beast, but going up against The Voice will be a huge obstacle. I still think it will win, but not by as much.
    9:00- NCIS: Los Angeles will take on and destroy its competition. New Girl isn’t the powerhouse it looked like in September last year. It will still come in second though.
    10:00- Vegas is taking the night! This is CBS’ new hit. Private Practice will come in second.

    CBS wins the whole Tuesday night with second place honors going to NBC, Fox and ABC respectively for each hour.

    8:00- The X-Factor will win the slot with ABC coming in a solid second. The Middle might win sometimes, but Suburgatory won’t.
    9:00- The X-Factor will win the slot with Modern Family coming in second for ABC. Modern Family will be neck-and-neck, edging out some wins. The New Neighbors will get a solid lead-in, but not enough to beat X-Factor.
    10:00- With Revenge gone, CSI will destroy the competition. Nashville will come in a distant second.

    First two hours go to Fox with the third hour going to CBS. ABC will take all second places.

    8:00- The Big Bang Theory and Two-and-a-Half-Men will be unstoppable together. X-Factor comes in second.
    9:00- Grey’s Anatomy wins the 9pm slot with Person of Interest coming second for CBS.
    10:00- Scandal and Elementary will split the second place most weeks. If I had to choose a winner, I’d say Scandal

    The first hour definitely belongs to CBS with the next two are owned by ABC.

    8:00- Shark Tank is taking the night with CSI:NY overlooking.
    9:00- Grimm will win the night, but will split it with Primetime.
    10:00- Blue Bloods wins the night. 20/20 comes in second.

  • Petar

    Fridays do look like an elite night of the week all of the sudden this season.

    wich is strange when people don’t watch tv in friday at least in US!

  • Petar

    revolution can turn out next lost! If not will be stable 10pm show with 4 seasons. Its best new show from all big 4 networks. Trailer with 6 000 000 viewers already. Beat viewers from all other new trailers together. this show will be with best buzz ever.

  • Joseph

    Dude , reality check okay ,
    Revolution stands to be the biggest crash and burn launch in the history of broadcast.
    It is cool its getting a lot of traffic and the passion is high , BUT , there are so many holes in the plot and it has not even yet aired. I see Revolution ending with an even smaller audience then Terra Nova

  • BJH

    Pamela Fryman directed “Friend Me”‘s pilot? And CBS chose not to air it in the fall after HIMYM? Fryman is the chief director of HIMYM. She’s only directed nearly every episode. Why is it that networks miss opportunities to salvage their schedules?

  • Petar

    Well this year revenge was with best buzz from new shows and that help a lot! This is tv show it must entertain you. And as i understand will be really simple and easy to follow.

    BTW Billy Burke “Revolution” it’s actually easy to follow:
    “For some reason, all forms of energy and power go out. Fifteen years later, people are trying to get along and trying to figure out how to reconnect and how to form new societies without any of those benefits. We cut back and forth a little bit in time, but it’s all pretty linear and very easy to follow and highly entertaining.”

  • Petar

    They will air it soon or later. Don’t worry. After they order it not a chance not to air it.

  • AC75


    Buzz and being easy to follow don’t mean nothing if the show is bad, and from the trailer, it looks absolutely terrible. @Joseph is right. No doubt the premiere will be huge, but after that the potential for quick and sudden failure is very very high. I’m already hoping for it to flop.

  • Tim

    Hate to see The mentalist moved to Sundays

  • Petar

    I’m already hoping for it to flop.

    All i get it you are from haters i am sorry! I guess you guys hope and Game of thrones to flop and lost at the time itc. Haters are pathetic. I stay you with yours pathetic hopes.

  • Petar

    Hate to see The mentalist moved to Sundays

    Its pair well with PoI no doubt about that, but its own than WB, not CBS. And they want this easy slot for their show i guess. But good news is that sunday is better than friday what was the first idea i think.

  • robert

    WOW Big Bang Theory and Two and 1/2 Men on Thursday. I feel sorry for NBC. I guess Up All Night and 30 Rock will now both have to live with low ratings. Comedy Night Done wrong sounds more like it for NBC.

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