“American Idol” will keep its familiar two-nights-a-week format when it debuts on ABC — and in turn push the next cycle of “Dancing With the Stars” to later in the spring.

That’s one of the highlights of ABC’s schedule for the back half of the season. Others include the still-untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff getting a spot in the TGIT lineup and a slew of series premieres: comedies “Alex, Inc.” and “Splitting Up Together” — plus the return of “Roseanne” — and dramas “Deception” (which is getting the post-“Idol” spot on Sundays), “For the People
and “The Crossing.”

During the Winter Olympics, ABC will also run “The Bachelor Winter Games” — a cold-weather version of “Bachelor in Paradise” — to rest several shows. It will air from 8-10 p.m. Feb. 13, 15, 20 and 22.

Let’s get to the rundown, because there’s a lot to take in. Premiere dates (all times ET/PT) below. New shows are in italics. Where shows are replacing series currently on the schedule, notes on their finale dates are included.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

8 p.m. “The Bachelor Winter Games”

Sunday, March 11

8 p.m. “American Idol”
10 p.m. “Deception”

Monday, March 12

8 p.m. “American Idol” (time period premiere)

Tuesday, March 13

10 p.m. “For the People”

Thursday, March 22

9 p.m. “Station 19” (two hours)

Tuesday, March 27

8 p.m. “Roseanne” (one hour)
9:30 p.m. “Splitting Up Together”
*”Fresh Off the Boat” season finale on March 20.

Wednesday, March 28

8:30 p.m. “Alex, Inc.”
*”Speechless” season finale on March 21.

Thursday, March 29

10 p.m. “Scandal” (new time period)

Monday, April 2

10 p.m. “The Crossing”
*”The Good Doctor” season finale date TBD.

Tuesday, April 3

8:30 p.m. “The Middle” (new time period)

Thursday, April 19

10 p.m. “Scandal” series finale

Thursday, April 26

10 p.m. “Quantico”

Monday, April 30

8 p.m. “Dancing With the Stars” (all-athlete edition)

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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