Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Sunday

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May 20th, 2012

Continuing our night-by-night look at the Fall 2012 schedule, we move to Sunday.  The only changes on the night are two ABC shows, and one CBS show, but only one of those shows are new.  Desperate Housewives, long an ABC tentpole is gone, and hopeful sophomore Revenge takes its place at 9pm, followed by the only new show of the night, 666 Park Avenue.

Last spring there was some doubt about the NFL season, but there's no doubt this year. Sunday Night Football will, of course, dominate the night's ratings. ABC won't top football, but it may well top the night after football season.

Will The Good Wife finally be sold into syndication? Considering the tenacity of Les Moonves' salespeople, I'm going with yes, but it hasn't been an easy sell. The Mentalist takes the place of canceled CSI: Miami at 1opm. The Mentalist will have 116+ episodes at the end of next season (its 5th), and isn't owned by CBS. Next spring will be an interesting time for fans worried about the show's future.

No new shows for Fox's Sunday animation line up next season. The Cleveland Show will join the night at 7:30 after football season.

Take a trip down memory lane with last season's 2011's Sunday Fall schedule:

  • Prup (aka Jim Benton)

    The first possible real conflict we’ve hit. Again, haven’t had a chance to watch any clips — may get my wife to look at them with me later on her laptop — but if 666 goes with the sort of light, SUPERNATURAL-type style I hope, it will be an interesting choice between it and THE MENTALIST — when they are on at the same time slot. When TGW — one of my ‘Big Four’ — overlaps, I have to go CBS. I still haven’t seen REVENGE and haven’t really wanted to, maybe on syndication if it makes it.

  • Mi

    Sundays for me are only ABC, OUAT, Revenge, and 666.

    OUAT had an amazing season finale, finished the season with 3.3, and I hope it increases even more when it returns.

    As for Revenge, it’s going to be tough. I hope ABC does a marathon of reruns prior to its return, it’ll need to be aired with as minimum breaks as possible, and there’ll need to be a good cliffhanger prior to each break in order to maintain momentum.

  • Ken

    For me:
    NBC: none(my team doesn’t play SNF)
    Fox: All

  • K

    I will be watching 3 hours of ABC this fall on Sundays. Once Upon A Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue here we come!

  • Jim

    NBC should use one of the SNF games to premiere The Voice, 30 Rock, Whitney, Animal Practice, or SVU so they could start with a little boost to kick off the season.


    8:15- SNF
    11:30 The Voice(season premiere)

    It won’t get Superbowl Numbers, but it would get very nice ratings.

  • MoHasanie

    I will be watching on Sunday:
    ABC: OUAT, Revenge, and I’ll check out 666 Park Avenue
    Fox: The Simpsons and Family Guy
    CBS: The Amazing Race and I’m still considering TGW
    PBS: I also might check out Downtown Abbey

    A LOT of TV on Sunday for me. Actually, Sunday’s have always been my busiest TV day of the week, but next year I’ve added TGW and Downtown Abbey. I’ve been on and off with TAR, but I’ll watch the entire season next year.

  • MoHasanie

    And I’ve lost DH :( :( :(

  • Tom

    It looks like NBC has become ESPN for an evening while Fox is now the Cartoon Network. That leaves only ABC and CBS for traditional programming. Since football trumps everything, NBC should carry the evening. OUAT is really popular and The Good Wife isn’t. That’s good news for Revenge. The bad news for ABC is that the Mentalist is also popular. So, 666 probably won’t last long, unless it’s stronger than it appears.

  • chrisss

    It’s all about Boardwalk Empire and Homeland for me.

  • ToXiX

    So glad to have Bobs Burgers in the fall.

  • MoHasanie


    Well, The Mentalist wasn’t that popular with the demo, since its averaged 2.6 in the demo. 13 other CBS shows rated higher than it, including CSI and Hawaii 5-0, so I don’t think 666 Park Avenue will be too affected by it.

  • Networkman

    I can see The Mentalist returning for a sixth season. With Made in Jersey and Vegas failing, The Good Wife being cancelled and most likely CSI:NY ending, The Mentalist will be needed to help either Sunday or Friday nights.

  • ERICinHB

    the 9 PM hour could suffer once The Walking Dead hits in October.

  • Networkman

    I’m going to miss alot of Sunday night football games with my favorite team this season. When it was up against Desperate Housewives, I didn’t mind missing one episode to catch my favorite team. Now I can not afford to miss an episode of Revenge. It is that good. So I’ll just catch the game before it goes off. The earlier games will be enough for me.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “NBC should use one of the SNF games to premiere The Voice, 30 Rock, Whitney, Animal Practice, or SVU so they could start with a little boost to kick off the season.
    8:15- SNF
    11:30 The Voice(season premiere)
    It won’t get Superbowl Numbers, but it would get very nice ratings.”

    While not a bad idea on its own those hours are not NBC’s to give away but rather belong to the local affiliates who enjoy very much having their nightly news programs follow the NFL.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    **Will The Good Wife finally be sold into syndication? Considering the tenacity of Les Moonves’ salespeople, I’m going with yes, but it hasn’t been an easy sell.**

    Is that surprising? The show is a serialized-procedural that doesn’t fit the mold of CBS’ usual style. Medium, Hawaii 5-0, The Mentalist and a handful of other CBS (or CBS produced) shows have had it happen in their early years but often a studio will wait for more than 2-3 seasons because it makes a more attractive package to buyers. I don’t think CBS has been aggressively “trying” to sell TGW into syndication, at least not yet. With 88+ episodes in the can and the potential for more after this season is up they’re likely to get a much better deal and I’m guessing THAT is when they’re going to really try. What sort of deal could they hope to get with 46+ or even 68+ episodes of a serialized drama on the ‘lower’ end of CBS’ slate? I’m guessing that their strategy all along has been to get the show VERY close to 88 or 100 episodes and THEN try to sell it. It’s just not a very attractive deal otherwise.

  • bluejays

    On a personal note I agree that this sucks for The Mentalist as a show and as a fan of the show. I think it has one or two more years now its been moved to that slot.

    On a wider picture note, I totally agree with Holly. This is all about CBS wanting to get shows to syndication and get deals for those shows. It’s ‘unfair’ that a ratings loser like TGW has been so protected when a winner like the Mentalist isn’t but its just about syndication.

    And as Holly says The Mentalist won’t be saved or canceled on its ratings purely but on what other shows they have and where they need to put them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see either CSI, HFO or NCIS LA move to a Sunday slot a year from now and The Mentalist and TGW get canceled.

    CBS have repeatedly stated they are about syndication economics. So now I pretty much predict all of their shows that don’t get canceled in season one will get four seasons and out. Unless they are doing really, really well in which case they’ll hang around a bit longer. Like a factory production line.

    And actually as most tv shows start to really decline in quality as they age its no bad thing in one sense, even as a fan. CSI is just nowhere near as good as it was its first three or four seasons. Neither is Criminal Minds. They might still get the viewers but creatively they stagnate so as a fan you just have to shrug your shoulders and say at least they’ll go out before they do an SVU and become unwatchable.

    ABC I predict will do really well on this night and will win pretty much every week for scripted content. OUAT will get stronger and Revenge will stay about the same, maybe getting a slight boost.

  • tv#1

    On Sundays the best network for great entertainment will be ABC. Both Revenge and OUAT were great dramas and I am looking forward to next season. 666 Park Ave looks like it is going to be great. It is the newest show that I am most excited for. Also, you can never go wrong with Animation Domination on Fox.

  • Doug

    Remember after The Mentalist’s first season, how CBS was going on about how it was going to turn the show into TV’s top rated drama?

    Not so much.

    I think that ABC will pick up on the night, although it will be hard to beat the first 2 or three weeks of the OUAT-DH-Pan Am combo (before PA cratered and OUAT dropped to current levels). They should have a good winter/spring though. A lot of this depends on how to decide to schedule Revenge, though. They said that they’re going to try to minimize repeats, which will be good for the show, so perhaps they’ll delay the launch of the Sunday night line-up until mid-October (as with OUAT last year). What they’d do in the meantime, I have no idea.

    Fox is setting themselves up for failure considering how poorly this very line-up was doing by the end of the season (looking for substantial losses in the fall), while CBS will probably be flat or down slightly. With NBC, who knows.

  • D’Arcy

    Does anyone know what happened to the Zap2It forums? I really miss them… Where have all those users flocked to?

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