Four new series will vie for attention Monday night amid the return of heavyweights “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Voice,” plus the second fall episode of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Or rather, three new shows will vie for attention. The fourth, “Young Sheldon,” will probably do just fine.

The CBS comedy, a spinoff of “The Big Bang Theory” focusing on a preteen Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and his family, debuts at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT following “Big Bang’s” season premiere. CBS has given the show a sizable promotional push, and it’s a good bet that a lot of “Big Bang Theory” viewers will stick around to watch the show.

“Sheldon,” however, will only be on Monday night this week; after that, it’s off the air until Nov. 2 when it joins “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays.

That leaves three more newbies: another CBS comedy, “Me, Myself & I,” and a pair of 10 o’clock dramas, “The Brave” on NBC and “The Good Doctor” on ABC.

CBS seems to have some faith in “Me, Myself & I,” since it’s currently slated to lead off the 9 p.m. hour starting in late October, after “Big Bang” moves to Thursday. For the first month of the season, however, it will air at 9:30 following “Kevin Can Wait.”

“The Brave” will probably have the best lead-in of the three shows since it follows “The Voice.” That spot, however, didn’t do a ton for either “Timeless” or “Taken” last season (although both shows squeaked out renewals). “Timeless” premiered to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in the spot last fall.

“The Good Doctor” follows “DWTS” on ABC, and anything at 1.0 or better will count as improvement for the network. Neither “Conviction” nor “Quantico” got above that line on Monday last season.

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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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