CBS has announced changes in prime time, including four new series (sitcom Mad Love, spinoff drama Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, dramedy Chaos and reality/competition Live to Dance) and new time periods for Rules of Engagement and The Defenders. In addition, Blue Bloods will be tested for four weeks in the Wednesday 10 p.m. hour effective Jan. 19, moving back to Fridays at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11. The upcoming changes will impact Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Live to Dance, the new Paula Abdul dance/competition (which premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m., then moves to Wednesday one night later), will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. until the new season of Survivor: Redemption begins on Feb. 16. It leads into Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods. Once the Blue Bloods test ends, spinoff Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior steps in on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 p.m.
Current Wednesday 10 p.m. occupant The Defenders shifts to Fridays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16, leading into CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. Monday will have a new occupant, Mad Love; and it replaces Rules of Engagement at 8:30 p.m. effective on Feb. 21. Rules of Engagement moves to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. out of The Big Bang Theory on Feb. 24 (and in place of $#*! My Dad Says, which goes on hiatus). Effective Friday, April 1, The Defenders takes a break and Chaos anchors the evening.
For a complete list of the scheduling changes, go to Mediaweek’s Programming Insider.