The broadcast networks reveal their schedules for 2017-18 the week of May 15. TV by the Numbers offers help to harried scheduling execs with some suggestions of our own.

The ground rules, once again:

  • The schedule presented here and in future posts is an attempt to be as realistic as possible about what the network needs. It’s less a fantasy lineup and more an educated-guess lineup.
  • Whenever possible, we’ll try to stick to our colleague the Masked Scheduler‘s mantra that putting more than 2 1/2 hours of new material on the schedule invites diminishing returns.
  • Any new shows are based on what, as of posting time, has already been ordered to series or seems most likely to be. Similarly, returning shows are based on what’s already renewed and The Cancel Bear’s predictions for what will come back.

Here’s how we think The CW’s schedule might look in the fall (all times ET/PT, new shows in italics):

8 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Monday Supergirl Dynasty
Tuesday The Flash Black Lightning
Wednesday Arrow Legends of Tomorrow (new night)
Thursday Supernatural Riverdale
Friday Jane the Virgin (new night) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


What stays: Three of the four returning DC Comics shows (“Supergirl” on Monday, “The Flash” on Tuesday and “Arrow” on Wednesday) stay put. The spring Thursday lineup also remains intact with “Supernatural” and “Riverdale,” the only survivor of the network’s first-year shows this season. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” remains at 9 on Fridays.

What’s new: “Dynasty” and “Black Lightning” are regarded as the most likely series orders among the network’s six pilots. “Dynasty,” a reboot of the 1980s ABC soap, follows “Supergirl” on Mondays. “Black Lightning,” another DC show, gets “The Flash” as a springboard on Tuesdays.

What moves: “Legends of Tomorrow” jumps to Wednesdays following “Arrow.” With the network likely to give a big promo push to “Dynasty,” “Jane the Virgin” moves to become “CEG’s” lead-in. The CW could call it Awards Bait Friday.

What else: “The 100” has already been renewed and “iZombie” and “The Originals” are likely pickups as well. Since The CW only programs 10 hours a week, they’re held for the second half of the season. One or two more new shows will probably be on deck as well — the military drama “Valor” and the comedic “Life Sentence,” starring Lucy Hale, are possibilities.

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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