With the 2017-18 TV season fast approaching, TV by the Numbers is breaking down each night of the broadcast networks’ schedule. We’ll look for competitive time periods and new shows with a chance to break out — or fall on their faces.
Thanks to some schedule moves, particularly by ABC, Friday is suddenly a more interesting night in terms of ratings competition than it has been in several years. It’s not likely any show will transcend the night’s ratings limitations, but it will be fun to see how the moves play out.
All times ET/PT. New shows in italics.
|8 p.m.||8:30 p.m.||9 p.m.||9:30 p.m.||10 p.m.||10:30 p.m.|
|ABC||Once Upon a Time (new night)||Inhumans||20/20|
|CBS||MacGyver||Hawaii Five-0||Blue Bloods|
|The CW||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (new time)||Jane the Virgin (new night)|
|FOX||Hell’s Kitchen||The Exorcist|
|NBC||Blindspot (new night)||Dateline|
Two of the highest-rated shows from last season, “Shark Tank” and “Last Man Standing,” are no longer there. (“Shark Tank” moved to Sunday, and ABC canceled “Last Man.”) That leaves CBS’ crime-show lineup of “MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods” as the top dogs.
There’s just one new show on the schedule: “Inhumans,” which comes to ABC for a brief, eight-episode run in the fall before making way for “Agents of SHIELD.”
Several other shows, however, are moving from other spots on the schedule: “Once Upon a Time” decamps from Sunday for ABC, “Jane the Virgin” moves from Monday nights on The CW and “Blindspot” moves from Wednesdays on NBC starting in late October.
The 8 o’clock hour will feature two shows that had success in that spot last season, “MacGyver” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” and two veterans in “Once Upon a Time” moving into the night.
“MacGyver” started strong last season and was respectable throughout, averaging just above a 1.0 in adults 18-49 after its name recognition-fueled premiere. “Hell’s Kitchen” has been around forever and performs reliably; it averaged a 1.1 last season.
“OUAT” and “Blindspot” were in that range last season as well, but on a lower-rated night they can expect to decline (“Once Upon a Time” is also doing a creative reset this season). Whether there’s room for all four to survive will be very interesting to watch.
CBS will most likely take over the No. 1 spot in both viewers and adults 18-49 on Friday. It’s the most known quantity on the schedule and will be just fine.
FOX should be OK too. “Hell’s Kitchen” has a solid core, although whether fans stick with “The Exorcist” as it resets for Season 2 is an open question. The CW can’t expecting much more than continued critical acclaim for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin.”
“Blindspot” will fall some more with the move to Friday, but lowered expectations and the Third Season Rule may protect it.
Which leaves ABC. “Once Upon a Time” will take some losses with the move to Friday, but that’s to be expected. It’s tough to see “Inhumans,” a second-tier (at best) Marvel property that’s taken a beating from critics early on, breaking out in any way. But hey, at least “Agents of SHIELD” still has loyal fans.