Fall 2013 Broadcast Network TV Schedule Night By Night Grids

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May 16th, 2013

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This TV season is all but over now, but next season will be here before you know it.  Here's a look at how each night stacks up based on the fall schedules announced this week.

Grids for all the nights are at the bottom of this post. In the past we've broken them up into separate posts for each day of the week. As we get closer to the fall season, we'' probably do just that. But it's all-in-one post for now.

Even More New Shows Than Last Year

Last year there were 20 new shows debuting in the early fall -- that count excludes "Fox Sports Saturday" and also excludes "Malibu Country" which didn't debut until later in the fall. This year there are more than 25% more new shows for a total of 26 -- that count excludes "Almost Human" and "Enlisted" which won't debut until later in the fall.

What Catches Ratings Watchers Eyes?

There will be no shortage of things to capture a ratings watcher's attention . How will CBS's expanded Thursday comedy block and new Monday comedies fare? How well will The Voice age? What happens to Person of Interest on a new night and later time with a smaller lead in? Revolution at 8pm? How bad is it going to be for Beauty and the Beast on a new day with Hart of Dixie as its lead-in?

But at least at the start of the season I can't imagine anything will capture more attention, even with ratings watchers, than the launch of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.  Maybe I just lack imagination.  Those watching the NBA Finals on ABC in June can get back to me after they've seen the Agents of SHIELD promo for the 10,000th time.



  • Patrick Gillease

    Oh yeah…I forgot FOX. Only “Glee” is worth watching over there for me until 24 comes back! ABC, as stupidly as it’s been run the past few years, still gets the most of my viewership: “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “The Neighbors,” “Suburgatory,” and “Wonderland.” Over and out!

  • Ken

    I have to say I’m a little worried about SHIELD vs. NCIS. I don’t think that hour is big enough for the both of them. Plus, The Originals could play the spoiler, stealing enough audience from one or the other (probably from SHIELD) to tip it into cancellation.

    By the way, when’s the last time a network replaced all three hours of a night with new programming? (I’m not counting two-hour networks like FOX since one American Idol counts as their entire night.)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @CBS Viewer, Ultima is correct about announcement timelines. I expect the bulk of the premieres to happen Monday September 23 to Sunday September 29.

  • Chris J

    Thursdays are going to be a bloodbath… for NBC. I think Michael J Fox may do moderately well, but wouldn’t it be hard for them to promote a new show premiering in the awkward 9:30pm time slot?

    If Crazy Ones falters that might give Sean Hayes a chance. Crazy Ones looks terrible, but honestly Sean Hayes doesn’t look that much better. I guess NBC is hoping Sean Hayes appeals to the CBS crowd.

    Even worse than Crazy Ones is The Millers, but The Millers at least has TBBT as a lead in, and NBC’s alternative Welcome to the Family is equally weak.

    Sadly it looks like both NBC and CBS’s strongest comedies are at 8pm and 9:30pm. We’ll see what happens with that!

  • Petar Ivanov

    I am happy. 3 new shows are my dream action/crime dramas with sci fi elements – agents of shield, almost human and sleepy hollow. From old shows witll watch only POI and may be some CSI episodes. For new one add crime blacklist and my new sitcom favorite brooklyn nine nine(i watch trailer 10 rimes and still is funny to me)!

    I root for FOX next season. And i always root for winners. And fox will be winner not only because super bowl and afc championship.

    ps Its interesting will footbal games be UP again? I mean all networks are going down but footbal not. And even is up.

  • Tom

    @ Robert

    The Carrie Diaries will likely get the same treatment as “Life Unexpected”; i.e. 2 x 13 episodes and cancellation. When that happens, will you respond in kind for the tweet Josh Schwartz sent you after Carrie was renewed? It’s time someone took him down a peg for all the junk he’s put on the air.

  • Petar Ivanov

    X factor should try to premiere before the voice this time if want to compete.

    ps and will try Ironside too. looks like drama to me. crime drama i mean.

    abc with so many shows how will promote them? This season they promote only scandal and i guess agents of shield will be heavy promoted more than scandal.

    ps2 TOO MANY SITCOMS! I said last upfronts the same and that most of them will be cancel now will say the same.

  • Petar Ivanov

    And agents of shield will premiere with insane numbers. 5.0+ may be even 6.0+ won’t be surprise and 7.0+!!! This season will be really interesting more and better shows. So many new comedies….again. After season with many comedies all of them already cancel.(well without two that survive but they were close too)

  • DW

    next season should be better than this season. hope the news shows dont fade.

  • Ultima

    @Patrick Gillease
    And the networks wonder why their audience shares keep eroding?!

    No, they don’t wonder this. As the amount of original programming continues to increase, the audience becomes more and more fragmented.

    Learn a lesson from NBC in its sitcom Thursday heyday and just leave Wednesdays the F&^% alone already!

    Which NBC Thursdays are you referring to? Certainly not the 90s, when they changed the 8:30 and 9:30 sitcoms basically every season. Maybe the 80s, with the repeated changes at 9:30 as well as the replacement of the then-#2 Family Ties at 8:30?

    And HUGE mistake putting “Wonderland” in the Thursdays at 8 “death slot.”

    Yeah, they should just have aired a test pattern. What was ABC thinking, trying to find programming that works?

    It should have been saved for midseason as filler for “Once Upon a Time” to lessen that series’ very numerous and very annoying on-again-off-again scheduling this year.

    Maybe they thought it would do better on Thursday at 8pm than on Sundays during January/February. It’s not like putting on Thursdays stopped ABC from giving Once Upon a Time a split season, which they did.

    Lastly, “Revolution” does NOT belong at 8pm Wednesdays on NBC. Did you learn nothing from “SMASH” guys? … Secondly, without “The Voice” lead-in, it will be DOA.

    It’s really easy to say they should have just canceled it instead. Aren’t people always complaining that networks don’t give shows a chance?

    Thanks network programmers for alienating another one of your long-time 18-49 viewers and giving me more of my life back

    Can you take even more of your life back and spare us from your nonsense next season? ;)

  • Oliver

    Honestly, the show I’m most interested is Sean Saves The World because I can’t quite figure out whether it will flop. Is the American public interested in a Sean Hayes multicamera comedy in 2013? As a production, it certainly looks far more competent than Whitney ever did.

  • Networkman

    Monday: NBC will win the night. Hostages reminded me of the premise of Mob Doctor. It is a limited series with 13 episodes, I’m not sure people will be invested enough to remain with it. The Blacklist seems to be another hit drama for NBC which that network is looking for before they cancel Law & Order:SVU.

    Tuesday: This will be a really competitive night with each network hopefully winning an hour. ABC will win 8pm with Shield. NBC will win 9pm with The Voice. And it will be a battle at 10pm amongst Person of Interest and Chicago Fire. Hopefully POI will be able to squeeze out the win. But Chicago Fire has alot of potential to pull in the desired demo. NBC will pull out the win for the night.

    Wednesday: Revolution will slip and the entire night for NBC will be weakened with Law & Order:SVU getting really starting to show its age. CBS keeping its lineup intact will pay off for this night. CBS will win. It could of been a more dominant win if they added a drama at 8pm with more buzz. Eddie Murphy would of been a great draw for the network.

    Thursday: I’m actually giving the night to ABC despite The Big Bang Theory continuing to be a powerhouse. It is no guarantee that The Millers will produce ratings equal to Two & A Half Men. I feel its lower numbers will drag down the hour, while Once Upon A Time in Wonderland will pull in respectable numbers. Grey’s Anatomy has the capablity of beating The Crazy Ones and Two & A Half Men. Scandal will dominant the 10pm hour.

    Friday: With Shark Tank continuing to hold up the ABC lineup and The Neighbors improving on Malibu County, I’m giving the night to ABC. CBS will have the most viewers, which may be the case for most of the nights throughout the week but it will be about the desired demo and I’m giving the slight edge to ABC.

    Sunday: Of course NBC will win because of Football

    I’m very concerned about CBS. They won this season but will age quickly because other networks will begin to win hours with the all important demo. Also they do not have the Superbowl this year. They renew one drama that, in my opinion, underperformed. And then they decided to only add one new drama to the Fall lineup that is schedule to only air 13 episodes. And they place it in one of the toughest timeslots in the week behind an unproven new comedy. In my opinion, that is the height of arrogance. Hostages very well could come in third place. And other networks will start to see gains while CBS begins its decline. Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop at least would of started strong because of curious eyes.

  • Joseph A

    Like most viewers, I do a mix of watching shows live, and streaming them.
    At a glance what I expect to watch next season , minus sporting events, with maybes in brackets.
    M – The Voice,(MOM, Blacklist, Hostages)
    T – The Voice, Supernatural, (Agents of Shield)
    W – Modern Family, Survivor, Revolution, (The Tomorrow People)
    R – The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, (Once Upon A Time Wonderland, The Millers)
    F – The Neighbors, Shark Tank, (Matser Chef Junior)
    SU – Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife

    To be honest, the shows look stronger this year then last, but still a lot that can go wrong between now and the Fall Launch :)

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Chris J

    cbs is with zero successful single cam comedies in last 15-20 years. Or i don’t remmember(i said that no to be blame that cheat etc. if anyone know to tell me or us.). So nbc has good chance there. TAHM is aging and without TBBT lead-out(best on network tv) will drop again.

    If 3 of 4 cbs comedies bomp will be interesting to watch. And without afc champ and superbowl cbs can drop a lot.

    Hope brooklyn nine nine take second post super bowl spot. But really bad tuesday slot. Too many competition. I hope FOX will see that is their best sitcom better than NG and will move it from there. It’s really good and best new sitcon in my opinion.

    Great analysis man. Congratulation for the work. Hope more interesting opinions like yours. Thanks.

  • Networkman

    As far as the quality of new shows are concerned, I feel FOX has picked up some real winners. Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow and Gang Related all look great and should be appealing to young viewers. Besides Dads, the network has some great looking comedies with refreshing premises with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Enlisted. I’m also looking forward to Murder Police and the special event program Wayward Pines. Also viewers will be excited to see 24 return. In my opinion, FOX wins with the best pilots picked to series.

    The CW has picked alot of sci-fi shows that are dealing with aliens, special powers, mutants, vampires, etc. I hope they will help to improve the network. But they will fall bad on Friday with The Carrie Diaries.

  • jason50

    Going to be a busy fall for me. Got at least 2 shows a night on week days that I’ll be watching and that’s not including cable shows. Won’t be able to catch everything. Looks like I’m going to be doing all day marathons with some shows to catch up.

  • Chris J


    Brooklyn Nine-Nine looks hilarious, but sadly I think it’s going to be canceled before the Super Bowl hits.

    It’s got a terrible low quality lead in (Dads) and SHIELD will dominate the M18-34 audience Brooklyn Nine-Nine would appeal to. Sadly New Girl is going to probably remain Fox’s top non animated comedy for yet another year.

  • Joseph A

    BTW , how the Networks will do ,,

    M – ABC, CBS, NBC all pulling respectable numbers, FOX though is going to be killed due to non broadcast watching of Almost Human, and weak viewing of Bones. NBC probably in 1st, ABC & CBS battle it out for 2nd.

    T – CBS should win the night, but NBC will come in strong starting at 9pm, the same time the ABC audience bails, FOX will be a field of crickets.

    W – ABC should do well until 9:30pm and think they will need to replace Super Fun to win the night, CBS should have a decent overall showing either as a 1st or 2nd in the demo, NBC and FOX will battle for 3rd with my guess that NBC wins.

    R – Its going to be between ABC & CBS here but thinking CBS has the edge even though ABC is very strong between 9pm & 11pm, that means we have a repeat of W where NBC & FOX battle it out, and again thinking NBC gets the win.

    F – Not sure here since all of the 4 major networks have programs that should get a decent size audience, but my guess would be that ABC & CBS battle it out for 1st, and NBC again comes in 3rd.

    SU – not seeing any change here from 2012.

  • Networkman

    @Petar Ivanov,

    Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed reading my comments. I’m really serious about the television industy. And one day maybe I can making a living as a tv critic. I agree with you that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is really refreshing and is waiting to become a huge hit if FOX knows hows to nurture the show against stronger competition. A great show of support would be to have it air after the Superbowl along with Enlisted. New Girl has had enough exposure, even earning two Emmy nominations from Max and Zooey. If viewers are not watching it is because they are just not fond of the material. It has aired after American Idol and gotten the chance to air after Glee during its first season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has to air after Dads which looks unfunny.

  • Ashley

    I think the scheduled definitely helped some shows but hurt others.

    On Mondays, The Voice should do well BUT with the change of judges, i expect the numbers to go down but still decent. However, CW will get slaughtered. BaTB’s numbers will definitely be low. I almost think they have a worse slot than Fridays.

    On Tuesdays, NCIS will still dominate at 8pm. The winner I predict will be the change of day/time for POI. I think I will flourish here.

    On Weds, looks about the same. Kinda boring day.

    On Thurs, BBT will do great as usual but people will tune in to check out the new OUAT. But I don’t expect huge ratings. Parenthood will not fare well here. Too much competition.

    On Fridays, Shark Tank will rule 8pm but I think NBC will do better with Grimm being paired with Dracula. Finally something good for Grimm.

    On Sats, low ratings as usual.

    On Sundays, one word: FOOTBALL!

    Can’t wait to see how my predictions fare.

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