Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Thursday

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May 17th, 2012

The current 2011-12 season officially ends after next Wednesday night's programming, so we'll wind down this season with a night by night look at next Fall.  First up Thursday (since it's Thursday today).  Check back tomorrow for Friday, Saturday on Saturday, etc.

Unlike Fall 2011, when The X Factor results show crashed into Thursday among a total of seven new shows, Fall 2012 scheduling changes seem minor, with the most noteworthy change being Two And A Half Men moving to 8:30.

At least early on I expect most interest will be for:

  • How does Two And A Half Men do at 8:30? Can it help put CBS on top the adults 18-49 ratings for the entire night?
  • How will the addition of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato change the ratings for The X Factor?
  • Will Last Resort be the next Lost? Or the next Missing / FlashForward?
  • Will Beauty And The Beast do better than The Secret Circle?
  • How will the other relocated veteran Glee do?
  • How low can NBC go on "The Night Formerly Known As Must See TV?"

For a trip down memory lane, check out 2011-12's Thursday Fall schedule:

  • Jay

    Yeah, I feel like NBC have given up on Thursdays too. What were they thinking renewing Up All Night? :S Man, I remember back in the day when CBS moved Survivor to Thursdays opposite Friends and it was such a big deal that they were challenging the king of Thursdays. Oh, how times have changed…

  • Leonard

    Fridays are looking better than Thursdays this year.

    Beauty and the Beast actually might be a lot more better than I thought it would same with Elementary which both came off not sounding well at first.

    BBT and Men will smash everything in sight.

    Can’t wait to see Britney on X Factor but what were they thinking with making Demi a judge?

    Last Resort will suffer from the Mork & Mindy curse.

    NBC who really cares that’s a 2-3 year project right there on Thursdays.

  • tvfreak

    Oh wait, I forgot: I hope CBS puts PoI after the Super Bowl. It can benefit from that kind of ratings hike. Perhaps then Glee and Grey’s will really be hurting! :D

  • Sam

    Britney on “The X-Factor” will have a one to two week positive effect on the show that’s for sure. But once that hype has settled, it will be back to normal or even below fair for the show. With Duets, another season of “The Voice” also coming before it, it might be over kill. As shown at the Network Upfronts, the chemistry between the judging panel was completely uninteresting. The chemistry captured with Aguilera and her crew simply can’t be compared.

  • MattM

    Will be watching Last Resort then The Office and Parks and Rec, will DVR Glee. Anyone know where ABC will be putting Zero Hour, is it starting midseason?

  • John

    >looks like NBC gave up Thursdays, all the shows will have falling ratings and be canceled

    I agree and I think it isn’t a bad choice…

    > Elementary to become a smash hit growing out of PoI’s lead-in

    Elementary… I have bad bad feelings about it… Steven Moffat Power :).

  • Harris

    I will try Beauty and the Beast and Last Resort, though I am not especially hopeful for either of them. If they hadn’t ruined Elementary by casting Lucy Lui as Watson, I would’ve watched that as well.

  • Pizza Hut

    You should probably be embarrassed if you admit you watch NBC on Thursdays.

  • Mary

    I think Last Resort will basically be DOA considering the premise and its competition. I think Two & 1/2 Men will be fine on Thursday. I doubt they’ll be pulling Monday’s numbers but they should do very well. Glee’s probably going to steal a chunk of someone’s audience though I don’t know whose–probably Grey’s.

    The only shows I’ll be watching will be Grey’s and Elementary though I’m less enthused about Elementary now that I saw the trailer.

  • Ram510

    I will be watching Last Resort (maybe TVD) P&R and Scandal/Always Sunny in Philadelphia/The League (don’t know which one I will watch live though)

  • Sam

    The problem with “The X Factor” is that it’s trying so hard. Simon Cowell and LA Reid simply aren’t demo friendly. Simon probably was years ago on Idol, but the judging panel will never capture the flare that the coaches have on “The Voice,”…a much more demo friendly panel that is spearheaded by Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine’s antics. The judges on “The X-Factor” seem too safe and PG rated whereas the ones on “The Voice” are simply more in tune.

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  • SmG

    I hope Last Resort won’t get crushed among this heavy competition. For me The Shield was a masterpiece, I am guessing he won’t disappoint us. So it may surprise us, we’ll see…

    I hope POI will become a hit and get over 3.0 demo. It once tried this season but failed, but now this “super” comedy block may help it.

    TVD will be as usual, I think it will be between 1.0-1.4 in the fall. B&B may suffer the same fate, but it’s hard to guess.

    These are the ones I’ll be watching, so thats it :)

  • tvfreak

    @Pizza Hut: I watch 30 Rock. Should I be embarrassed?

    @Ram510: Watch Last Resort live every week! You have no idea how much I’m pushing for that one. I will do the same for Elementary, and Revolution, and Zero Hour, 1600 Penn and The Following come midseason. Fingers crossed for successes! :D

  • SmG

    * “he” Shawn Ryan

  • DZ

    I’m not going to savage NBC for giving up on Thursdays — yet.

    I would have tried two of the new comedies and moved an established drama (Parenthood) here as part of my reboot, but I can’t fault NBC because it JUST HAS SO MANY DAMN HOLES TO FILL. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I tried to put an NBC schedule together. I think there is a lot of merit to Greenblatt’s explanation on fixing Mondays and Tuesdays and trying to build momentum going into later in the week.

    I would expect some tinkering on NBC Thursdays as a season progresses, especially at 10 p.m.

    Few have mentioned that there’s this little thing called a presidential election coming up, and Rock Center should get some juice from that. But I would be very surprised if it’s still there in January. And it’s possible that if one of the new sitcoms gets hot, it could be moved to replace 30 Rock after its run ends.

  • Joss

    I am feel bad about 30ROCK :( ITs final season i know so the # doesnt matter but i hope for 2 and above

  • Alan

    I disagree with those of you criticizing NBC. I really admire NBC for keeping its Thursday night comedy block. NBC have kept things the same…It’s other networks that have adjusted theirs to match NBC (CBS moving Men to Thursdays, for example).

    All of you predicting NBC will get clobbered? How can it get any worse? Those sitcoms were already low rated last season too.

    I, for one, am excited about watching NBC from 8-10 on Thursday nights

  • DW

    abc has been cursed at 8 on thursday since the cosby show. LR looks good but when did quality matter. ratings matter and this looks close to beating x factor than charlies angles. i know what NBC is thinking. reruns. the office is on tbs , syndication , netflix , hulu , amazon. that’s some coin. and it still performs well. 30 rock is doing its sawn song. and rock center is cheap to produce. and i hate hearing this oh how nbc has fallen. 30 years ago , they were showing manimal. everything’s cyclical. except cw. they will always have bad ratings.

  • KS

    I honestly don’t understand the obsession TV websites towards the show Lost? That is not some show to be proud of. The story of the show sucks and character development is at its worst. Sick of looking at the show’s name at least once or twice a week in TV headlines. The show has only dumped garbage and nothing else

    Will it be next Lost?

    Do you mean one more show, that can be used as a dustbin where all sorts of weird concepts and lore in the world gets dumped into and every episode ends with a meaningless cliffhanger?

    By the way in the above schedule, I watch only one show and that’s The Big Bang Theory.

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