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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  • Paulo

    Not a good schedule for CBS!

    That is indeed what you posted. There schedule is working, not sure why you think they should shuffle everything around.

    8pm The Amazing Race (Fall) / New Reality Show (Winter) / The Amazing Race (Spring)

    Not sure how much time you think is free between cycles of The Amazing Race. Next year, it’s two weeks (would have been only one if they had the Pro Bowl).

    Only two weeks!??
    Ok, they don’t need a new reality!

    CBS as a lot of old shows, with 6/7/8 and more seasons!

    On wednesdays you have 3 shows very old: Survivor 12 years, Criminal Minds 7 years and CSI 12 years.
    They should open a hour to a new show at 9pm, moving Criminal Minds to the problematic tuesday 10pm hour where it could pull good numbers (above 2.5).
    It’s time for NCIS: LA go to other night, and 8pm on wednesdays could be great and also pulling good numbers (above 2.5). Opening a new hour to Person of Interest.

    Because sundays are two weak, will be a good move put in the same night to reality shows (TAR and Survivor) adding only a new drama at 10pm.

    and so on…

  • Joss

    2 BG are not new TAHM no way no how

  • psychic

    If this somehow ends up killing The Mentalist, war will be made upon CBS. Grab your pitchforks, everyone.

  • #1MentalistFan

    Not surprised that they moved Mentalist to sunday though I wished they had kept it on Thursdays. But I see why. Putting a new show in the 10 pm slot on sunday is just asking the show to bomb. Better to put an already popular show in the 10 pm slot to give a better chance of it doing well.

  • P&B

    Surprised at CBS not having a second hour of comedies on Thursday. CBS is hoping POI will develope into a hit show, will see, not convinced.

    That said TBB and Men will put a dent in Xfactor and Idol!

    CBS will be again be very weak on Sunday with The good Wife and the mentalist will take a drop.

    Not sure 2Broke Girls is stroing enough to be at 9pm on Monday, again time will tell.

    Only night that didn’t get any retooling was Wednesday, glad Criminal Minds is staying for a 8 season on Wed. Rather amazing that even against all that FOX, ABC and NBC have thrown at the CBS show (idol, Xfactor, Modern family, SVU, Lost, Private Practice among other thing) it is still going strong!

  • Fischer

    CBS’s shows are so stale… They never think outside the box. Only show I watch on CBS is Amazing Race

  • João Paulo

    Great lead-in for POI.

  • Skylar

    So more cop and lawyer shows, yawn. CBS is the most boring network

  • SmG

    About The Good Wife vs. Revenge

    “You know, ‘Desperate Housewives’ was there; we did just fine against ‘Desperate Housewives,'” says Kelly Kahl, Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling. “‘Housewives’ was actually doing better than ‘Revenge,’ so in that sense, we moved it there successfully. We brought almost all the audience from Tuesday. We feel very good about ‘Good Wife’ there.”


  • thesnowleopard

    Oh, good. Not that I disliked The Mentalist being on Thursday, but I kept hearing rumours it would be moved to Fridays at 9pm, which would have resulted in some ugliness in our household. Sundays don’t generally conflict with a lot – though some choices may need to be made when Downton Abbey returns. Not by me, though, fortunately.

  • a p garcia

    Why was the mentalist moved to Sunday, I always figured Thursday was the perfert spot.

  • Concerned Citizen


    Well, most of that comes from basic cable (Sons of Anarchy and Justified on FX and Southland on TNT), and then you also have Parenthood. And earlier in the night you have Happy Endings, Apartment 23, Raising Hope and New Girl, and the other new comedies from Fox and NBC.

  • Gregg

    I know that traditionally, Sunday night was the biggest night on television. More people watched TV on Sundays than any other night, which is why the networks always used to schedule their big movie premieres and miniseries on Sundays. Also, their highest-rated shows went there.

    is this still true today? Is Sunday the biggest night for 18-49 year olds, too, or are Sunday-Thursday basically even?

    I ask because it seems like so many people are calling Sunday nights (on CBS) a deadzone. I realize that, due to those ridiculous football overruns, it’s hard to catch CBS shows on Sundays, but is it really now a night where shows go to die?

  • JM

    Monday’s Hawaii fiveo 0 only thing fit to watch on Mondays. I’m really tired of all the trash on TV now. Watching more and more of sports. Quit watching 2 1/2 men after about one year. YES, I’m one of those Christian people that doesn’t like trash. That’s my right. I learned to just turn the channel.

  • i think cbs doesn’t like The Mentalist

  • rob60990

    “we did just fine against Desperate Housewives”

    lol keep telling yourself that CBS. :D

  • Lisa

    I like The Mentalist’s move to Sunday, but I don’t like The Good Wife staying in front of it. Good Wife (which I would have stuck on Friday, where it can do relatively little damage) is too weak to help The Mentalist much.

  • Tommy M.

    “i think cbs doesn’t like The Mentalist”

    Actually CBS loves The Mentalist, just like they love every show on their schedule. The fact is CBS doesn’t own The Mentalist, so of course it wont get protected the same way a CBS owned show, like The Good Wife, is.

  • me

    well I really like this new schedule!! I am excited for these new programs:
    Partners, Vegas and Made in Jersey! they look good to me! I’ve seen a few episodes of Rules of Engagement, and it isn’t that bad of a show. so I would be okay with it either way, if they decide to keep it or if it gets cancelled. (I think they should have ended Two and a half men this year when Jake graduated from high school. then they could quit while they were still ahead.)

  • Mon

    CBS schedule is genius. But personally, I would like to see The Mentalist at 9pm. But overall it’s a very strong schedule unlike NBC.

    CSI: NY might have another shot for another season when it’s pitted against TGW and TM. CBS doesn’t own The Mentalist and Simon Baker costs a lot of money. As a fan, I think The Mentalist is has a short life span due to Red John. They can’t possibly drag this whole story for another 3 seasons.

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