CBS has announced its 2009-10 schedule. With CBS doing relatively better than the competition in 2008-9, it’s not surprising that there was effectively no fundamental change in the schedule. Although even the minor juggling of a few veteran series have some commenters in the announcement post twisted in knots.
Compared to 2008 CBS has the same number of new shows, a half-hour more new show time, and no changes at all to its unscripted shows.
Here is a look at CBS’s Fall 2009 Schedule vs. its Fall 2008 Schedule by the Numbers.
2009 (5 shows, 4.5 hours): Accidentally On Purpose (1/2 hour), NCIS: Los Angeles (1 hour), The Good Wife (1 hour), Medium (1 hour), Three Rivers (1 hour).
2008 (5 shows, 4 hours): Worst Week (1/2 hour), The Mentalist (1 hour), Gary Unmarried (1/2 hour), Eleventh Hour (1 hour), The Ex-List (1 hour).
2009 (4 hours): Survivor (1 hour), 48 Hours Mystery (1 hour), 60 Minutes (1 hour), The Amazing Race (1 hour).
2008 (4 hours): Survivor (1 hour), 48 Hours Mystery (1 hour), 60 Minutes (1 hour), The Amazing Race (1 hour).
My Ratings Forecast
With a largely status quo schedule, CBS looks to be slightly positive vs. 2008-9. (Taking into account the general drift downward in all broadcast TV audiences). Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday look to perform on par with 2008-9. Tuesday is likely a net negative (unlikely that The Mentalist’s success will be duplicated, and Without A Trace didn’t do badly). Thursday and Friday both look to be net positives.
|8-8:30p||THE BIG BANG THEORY||HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER|
|8:30-9p||HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER||ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE|
|9-9:30p||TWO AND A HALF MEN||TWO AND A HALF MEN|
|9:30-10p||WORST WEEK||THE BIG BANG THEORY|
|10-11p||CSI: MIAMI||CSI: MIAMI|
|9-10p||THE MENTALIST||NCIS: LOS ANGELES|
|10-11p||WITHOUT A TRACE||THE GOOD WIFE|
|8-8:30p||NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE||NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE|
|8:30-9p||GARY UNMARRIED||GARY UNMARRIED|
|9-10p||CRIMINAL MINDS||CRIMINAL MINDS|
|10-11p||11TH HOUR||THE MENTALIST|
|8-9p||GHOST WHISPERER||GHOST WHISPERER|
|8-9p||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS|
|9-10p||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS|
|10-11p||48 Hours Mystery||48 HOURS MYSTERY|
|7-8p||60 MINUTES||60 MINUTES|
|8-9p||THE AMAZING RACE||THE AMAZING RACE|
|9-10p||THE UNIT||THREE RIVERS|
|10-11p||COLD CASE||COLD CASE|
Shows in BOLD are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2008 shows in strikethrough did not return.
The shows scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later are: Miami Trauma, The Bridge, Rules of Engagement, Undercover Boss, Arranged Marriage.
It’s not worth the time to compare mid-season schedules. Changes are almost certain between now and January.