Saturday, December 6, 2014

Midseason Schedule: CBS

CBS has done well for itself on the freshman drama front, especially since it had no dramas from last year renewed for a second season. Their comedies aren't doing nearly as well, with second-season sitcom The Millers axed and pulled after just a handful of episodes. So whereas the comedy situation is a bit confusing, it's even worse for the dramas: with everything performing at-or-above expectations, even a moderately successful series (Stalker) will be getting short shrift to make way for the midseason dramas waiting on the bench.

Mondays

8:00 - 2 Broke Girls
8:30 - Mike & Molly
9:00 - Scorpion
10:00 - NCIS: Los Angeles

After The Millers' second season crashed, perennial backup plan Mike & Molly was brought in to succeed it. The new season begins this coming Monday, December 8, and will continue through next year.

Tuesdays

8:00 - NCIS
9:00 - NCIS: New Orleans
10:00 - Person of Interest

NCIS: New Orleans is performing only slightly below its lead-in, which is a good thing, except that its lead-in is down pretty significantly as well.

Wednesdays

8:00 - The Mentalist (beginning January 7)
8:00 - Survivor (beginning February 25)
9:00 - Criminal Minds
10:00 - Stalker
10:00 - CSI: Cyber (NEW - beginning March 4)

The Mentalist signs off for good when its series finale airs on February 18, and a new season of Survivor takes over the following week. Stalker is getting some really strange treatment, vacating the schedule to make way for the newest CSI spin-off and then returning later in the season. It hasn't been performing all that poorly (it has won its timeslot every week against regular broadcast competition), but it is the lowest of all the new dramas (though Madam Secretary fluctuates so much that it's almost not fair to compare it to anything else).

Thursdays

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
8:30 - Mom
8:30 - The Odd Couple (NEW - beginning February 19)
9:00 - Two and a Half Men
9:00 - The Big Bang Theory (Repeats - beginning February 26)
9:30 - The McCarthys
9:30 - Mom (Beginning February 26)
10:00 - Elementary

With only The Odd Couple on deck for midseason now that The Millers has been pulled and replaced by Mike & Molly, CBS has a lack of comedies to fill out its schedule. So 9:00 will be used for Big Bang repeats once Two and a Half Men's 11-year run comes to an end, with an hour-long episode, during Sweeps.

Fridays

8:00 - Undercover Boss (beginning January 2)
8:00 - The Amazing Race (beginning February 27)
9:00 - Hawaii Five-0
10:00 - Blue Bloods

Undercover Boss airs three episodes in December on Sunday nights before reassuming its timeslot from last season between cycles of The Amazing Race.

Sundays

8:00 - Madam Secretary
9:00 - The Good Wife
10:00 - CSI
10:00 - Battle Creek (NEW - Beginning March 1)

CSI may be on its way off the schedule, as this season's episode order was cut from 22 to 18. And whereas the CSI spin-off was originally scheduled for Sundays, it will get a better lead-in on Wednesdays, leaving Battle Creek to fight for its life following one of CBS's lowest-rated dramas.

For descriptions of the new shows, see the 2014 schedule announcement from upfronts in May.

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