List of TV Premiere Dates for Summer 2012

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May 24th, 2012

The list is sorted by date and then alphabetically if there's more than one show premiering at the same data and time. If you're looking for a particular show the easiest thing to do is use your browsers "find on page" feature (usually CTRL+F or CMD+F) to search.

I'll update the list as often as I can. If you see any mistakes or omissions, please note them in the comments.

Movies, specials and summer burn off of canceled broadcast shows were intentionally omitted. Series that premiere in September and beyond will be included in the "Fall Premiere Dates" list that will be published in late August. NBC is planning on premiering some "fall" shows in August. When those dates are released, I'll add them below.

Last updated June 27, 2012

Show Network Time ET/PT Date
Duets ABC 8:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
So You Think You Can Dance Fox 8:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
On the Fly TLC 9:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
Men At Work TBS 10:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
Rookie Blue ABC 10:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tattoo School TLC 10:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012
Insane or Inspired SYFY 10:00 PM Friday, May 25, 2012
Mystery Diners FOOD 10:00 PM Friday, May 25, 2012
The Annoying Orange TOON 8:30 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Cake Boss TLC 9:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Gene Simmons Family Jewels A&E 9:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Hatfields & McCoys HIST 9:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Single Ladies VH1 9:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Extreme Couponing TLC 10:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Monster In-Laws A&E 10:00 PM Monday, May 28, 2012
Catalina, The CW 8:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
HGTV Design Star HGTV 9:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Roadtrip with G Garvin COOK 9:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
What Not to Wear TLC 9:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Big Brooklyn Style TLC 10:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Tosh.0 CMDY 10:00 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Workaholics CMDY 10:30 PM Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Dogs In The City CBS 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Melissa & Joey ABCFAM 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Coming Home LIFE 9:00 PM Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Breaking Pointe CW 8:00 PM Thursday, May 31, 2012
LA Hair WE tv 10:00 PM Thursday, May 31, 2012
Mountain Men HIST 10:00 PM Thursday, May 31, 2012
A.N.T. Farm DSNY 8:00 PM Friday, June 01, 2012
Whale Wars ANPL 9:00 PM Friday, June 01, 2012
Pound Puppies HUB 9:00 AM Saturday, June 02, 2012
Animal Super Powers WILD 8:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Secret Millionaire ABC 8:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Ed ABC 9:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Drop Dead Diva LIFE 9:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne STYL 9:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Glades, The A&E 9:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Ice Road Truckers HIST 9:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Are You Normal, America? OWN 10:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Call of the Wildman ANPL 10:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Longmire A&E 10:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Teen Wolf MTV 10:00 PM Sunday, June 03, 2012
Hell's Kitchen Fox 8:00 PM Monday, June 04, 2012
MasterChef Fox 9:00 PM Monday, June 04, 2012
Real Housewives of NYC BRAV 9:00 PM Monday, June 04, 2012
Push Girls SNDC 10:00 PM Monday, June 04, 2012
Pretty Little Liars ABCFAM 8:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Dance Moms LIFE 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Jane by Design ABCFAM 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Love in the Wild NBC 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Rizzoli & Isles TNT 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Franklin & Bash TNT 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Glee Project, The OXYGN 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Kendra on Top WE tv 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Storage Wars A&E 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Best Sandwich in America TRVL 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Cajun Pawn Stars HIST 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Haunted Collector SYFY 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Operation Repo TRU 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles BRAV 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Royal Pains USA 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Fast N' Loud DISC 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Necessary Roughness USA 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Take Me Out Fox 8:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Choice, The Fox 9:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Saving Hope NBC 9:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Smoking Gun Presents TRU 9:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Cajun Justice A&E 10:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Yo! MTV Raps VH1 10:00 PM Thursday, June 07, 2012
Lives on Fire OWN 9:00 PM Friday, June 08, 2012
Comedy Bang! Bang! IFC 10:00 PM Friday, June 08, 2012
Flying Wild Alaska DISC 10:00 PM Friday, June 08, 2012
Bunk IFC 10:30 PM Friday, June 08, 2012
Redneck Island CMT 9:00 PM Saturday, June 09, 2012
Mob Wives Chicago VH1 8:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012
True Blood HBO 9:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012
Bridezillas WE tv 10:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012
Our America with Lisa Ling OWN 10:00 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012
Figure It Out NICK 7:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Secret Life of the American Teenager ABCFAM 8:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Tia & Tamera STYL 8:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Bunheads ABCFAM 9:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Chicagolicious STYL 9:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Lizard Lick Towing TRU 10:00 PM Monday, June 11, 2012
Barter Kings A&E 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Thorne ENC 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Storage Hunters TRU 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Next Big Thing: NY OXYGN 11:00 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dallas TNT 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Burn Notice USA 9:00 PM Thursday, June 14, 2012
Suits USA 10:00 PM Thursday, June 14, 2012
Falling Skies TNT 9:00 PM Sunday, June 17, 2012
Forensic Firsts SMITH 9:00 PM Sunday, June 17, 2012
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta VH1 8:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
Pair of Kings XD 8:30 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
Hollywood Heights NAN 9:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
RuPaul's Drag U LOGO 9:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
Glass House, The ABC 10:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
Miss Advised BRAV 10:00 PM Monday, June 18, 2012
Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp LIFE 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Baby Daddy ABCFAM 8:30 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Diamond Divers SPIKE 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Futurama CMDY 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Inside Men BBCA 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
School Spirits SYFY 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Soul Man, The TVLAND 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Exes, The TVLAND 10:30 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Snooki and JWoww MTV 10pm Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wilfred (Special Preview Added) FX 10:30 PM Thursday, June 21, 2012
Army Wives LIFE 10:00 PM Sunday, June 24, 2012
Great Escape, The TNT 10:00 PM Sunday, June 24, 2012
Newsroom, The HBO 10:00 PM Sunday, June 24, 2012
Craft Wars TLC 9:00 PM Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Retired At 35 TVLAND 10:00 PM Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Hollywood Exes VH1 9:00 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Final Witness ABC 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Real World: St. Thomas MTV 10:00 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Anger Management FX 9:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Trip Flip TRVL 9:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wipeout ABC 9:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wilfred FX 10:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Awkward MTV 10:30 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Louie FX 10:30 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
Brand X with Russell Brand FX 11:00 PM Thursday, June 28, 2012
XIII REELZ 9:00 PM Friday, June 29, 2012
Gravity Falls DSNY 9:30 PM Friday, June 29, 2012
My Cat from Hell ANPL 8:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2012
Bad Dog! ANPL 9:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2012
Twenty Twelve BBCA 11:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2012
Weeds SHOW 10:00 PM Sunday, July 01, 2012
Episodes SHOW 10:30 PM Sunday, July 01, 2012
Four Houses TLC 10:00 PM Monday, July 02, 2012
Web Therapy SHOW 11:00 PM Monday, July 02, 2012
Mega Mansions TRVL 7:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
Big Ang VH1 8:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
Xtreme Waterparks TRVL 8:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
Insane Coaster Wars TRVL 9:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
United States of Food Dest Am 9:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
RV Kings TRVL 10:00 PM Sunday, July 08, 2012
Bizarre Foods America TRVL 9:00 PM Monday, July 09, 2012
Closer, The TNT 9:00 PM Monday, July 09, 2012
Opening Act E! 10:00 PM Monday, July 09, 2012
Perception TNT 10:00 PM Monday, July 09, 2012
Destination Truth SYFY 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Trust Us with Your Life ABC 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2012
White Collar USA 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Covert Affairs USA 10:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Paranormal Highway SYFY 10:00 PM Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Beverly Hills Nannies ABCFAM 9:00 PM Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Damages DirecTV 9:00 PM Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Franchise SHOW 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Big Brother CBS 9:00 PM Thursday, July 12, 2012
Real L Word, The SHOW 10:00 PM Thursday, July 12, 2012
Suite Choice TRVL 10:00 PM Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse TBS 9:00 PM Friday, July 13, 2012
Cheating Las Vegas Dest Am 10:00 PM Saturday, July 14, 2012
Leverage TNT 8:00 PM Sunday, July 15, 2012
Breaking Bad AMC 10:00 PM Sunday, July 15, 2012
Political Animals USA 10:00 PM Sunday, July 15, 2012
Small Town Security AMC 11:00 PM Sunday, July 15, 2012
The L.A. Complex CW 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Mama Drama VH1 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Sullivan & Son TBS 10:00 PM Thursday, July 19, 2012
Super Saver Showdown OWN 9:00 PM Friday, July 20, 2012
3 CBS 9:00 PM Sunday, July 22, 2012
Bachelor Pad ABC 8:00 PM Monday, July 23, 2012
Warehouse 13 SYFY 9:00 PM Monday, July 23, 2012
Alphas SYFY 10:00 PM Monday, July 23, 2012
American Originals TRVL 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Top Chef Masters BRAV 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Design All-Stars HGTV 9:00 PM Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Week the Women Went, The LIFE Sometime in August
Paranormal Witness SYFY 10:00 PM Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Go On Special Preview NBC After Olympics Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Totally Biased with Kamau Bell FX 11:00 PM Thursday, August 09, 2012
Hell On Wheels AMC 9:00 PM Sunday, August 12, 2012
Animal Practice (Special Preview) NBC After Olympics Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hotel Hell FOX 8:00 PM Monday, August 13, 2012
Stars Earn Stripes NBC 8:00 PM Monday, August 13, 2012
Grimm NBC 10:00 PM Monday, August 13, 2012
Major Crimes TNT 10:00 PM Monday, August 13, 2012
Oh Sit! CW 8:00 PM Wednesday, August 15, 2012
All You Can Meat TRVL 10:00 PM Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Braxton Family Values WE tv 9:00 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep CW 9:00 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012
Boss STRZ 10:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2012
Strike Back Cinemax 10:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2012
Copper BBCA 9:00 PM Sunday, August 19, 2012
Face Off SYFY 9:00 PM Tuesday, August 21, 2012
America's Next Top Model: College Edition CW 9:00 PM Friday, August 24, 2012

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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    What about American Horror Story along with It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League?

    When was the last time any of those shows aired originals in June, July or August?

    Answer: never.

  • The End

    @Baqinardo

    September is the best possible slot for Haven to do well. It’l follow on from Smackdown and likely get decent numbers, speaking around 1.8 million or so.

  • Paul M

    What about Strike Back on Cinemax?

  • Scott

    isn’t the Hatfields & McCoys just a miniseries? That is the way History is listing it.

    Also isn’t Army Wives just on hiatius? I thought it was a 4 week break then continuing the current season.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Scott: I listed miniseries premieres where I could. And yes, Army Wives is technically just returning with new episodes. Sadly for me it’s no win: either people will ask “where is Army Wives?” or “why is Army Wives on the list?” Bill loves Army Wives so I figured I better include it.

  • Bee

    duets
    so you think you can dance
    weeds
    the newsroom
    dallas
    the glee project
    political animals

    weeeee!!!

  • Scott

    Thanks Robert for the info.

  • Survivor Fan

    I love unscripted TV, so I actually enjoy the summer. My list:

    CBS
    Big Brother
    How to Be a Gentleman (burn-off)
    Maybe 3

    ABC
    Glass House- VERY EXCITED
    Trust Us With Your Life
    Final Witness
    Wipeout
    May try Duets

    NBC
    Love in the Wild
    American Ninja Warrior
    AGT (off-and-on)

    FOX
    Hell’s Kitchen
    MasterChef
    Take Me Out
    The Choice
    Maybe burnoff of IHMTD

    Cable
    Food Network Star
    Great Food Truck Race
    Extreme Chef
    Around the World in 80 Plates
    Redneck Island
    The Great Escape
    Best Sandwich in America
    Anger Management
    Happily Divorced

  • Nadine Harris

    Oh thank God! Suits, White Collar and Royal Pains are back — finally some TV I enjoy. Crummy regular season.

  • Nadine Harris

    not enough recording slots! Hmm…they’re putting R&I opposite White Collar. Sorry R&I, you lose. You’re always pretty ordinary procedural anyway.

  • DOOLisCOOL

    Big Brother seems to be starting late this year…. July 12th?? Is that normal?

  • Nick

    Thanks for posting this. Even TV Guide doesn’t have a list this big!

    I’m not much of a reality TV watcher, so not a lot of shows for me (Sorry, Snooki and Jwoww :-p)

    I’ll watch:

    Wipeout
    Hell’s Kitchen
    Masterchef
    America’s Got Talent
    Hotel Hell (if it appears somewhere)

  • The Mike Factor

    I believe Big Brother After Dark premieres on Showtime the same night as Big Brother in case you want to include that. Also how come on May 29th two programs premiere on TLC at exactly the same time? Thanks for the list Robert! Will come in handy when I’m desperately trying to find something to watch.

  • Fake Me Out

    Wow, just looked for info on Men at Work to see if it’d be worth tossing into the watch pile and is getting almost universal thumbs down. It’s only 10 episodes, with 2 airing tonight, so just wondering, has TBS ever yanked a show off before it’s full run? And does anybody have anything good to say about this show or is it the train wreck the critics say it is?

  • Rebecca

    I forgot about Touch season finale but it is on my watch list anyway along with Cougar Town next week. Man Up already has all its episodes on hulu, saw them a while back. I guess I’ll keep checking there for the rest of Breaking In and IHMTD, if they are ever posted.

  • Brett

    Doesn’t seem like anyone else has asked, so…… why are some shows linked and others not!?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Brett, because my laziness/activitiy in putting shows into our automatic linking process is sporadic. ;)

  • Ultima

    @DoolIsCool
    Big Brother seems to be starting late this year…. July 12th?? Is that normal?

    It’s airing the final ten weeks of summer, which is normal. The actual date is later than usual though due to how the season lines up with the calendar.

  • Ultima

    CBS has pulled NYC 22 off of the schedule.

    They still have a repeat of the pilot scheduled for Saturday, so it’s possible that they’re considering burning it off on Saturdays instead of in its normal timeslot.

  • Brett

    @Bill lol… fair enough! :p

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