CBS, which was the most watched network in total viewers for the ninth straight year, is getting a jump start on the fall by being the first broadcast network to announce its premiere dates.
As usual, the network will debut most of its shows during the first full week of the 2017-18 season (which starts on Thursday, Sept. 21), with a second wave of premieres following a month later, after the network airs its five Thursday Night Football games.
And the network is using TV’s most-watched show, The Big Bang Theory, to launch two separate comedies this fall: Big Bang prequel Young Sheldon, and the Everybody Loves Raymond-esque 9JKL.
CBS will kick the season off on Sept. 24, with the 50th season premiere of 60 Minutes. That will be followed by the premiere of almost its entire fall lineup, minus the shows that are preempted by Thursday Night Football.
On Monday Sept. 25, The Big Bang Theory will premiere in its usual early fall slot until football is over. It will be followed by Big Bang prequel Young Sheldon, which will air for one night only on Mondays, and won’t return until after Thursday Night Football. The usual 8:30 show, new sitcom 9JKL, premieres a week later on Oct. 2. Kevin Can Wait follows at 9, and then new comedy Me, Myself & I, with Scorpion ending the night.
The entire Tuesday lineup debuts on Sept. 26: NCIS (back for Season 15), Bull and NCIS: New Orleans.
A day later, on Sept. 27, CBS rolls out its new Wednesday schedule, with Survivor returning for Season 35, and the 13th season of Criminal Minds.
CBS will have Thursday Night Football on for five straight weeks beginning Sept. 28, when the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears.
Sept. 29 will see the return of Friday night shows MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods, while 48 Hours has its Season 30 premiere on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Two more Sunday shows will debut on Oct. 1—Jeremy Piven drama Wisdom of the Crowd and NCIS: Los Angeles, with Madam Secretary following a week later, on Oct. 8.
Once CBS’ five Thursday Night Football games are finished at the end of October, its Thursday shows will debut, and the Monday lineup will also shift as The Big Bang Theory returns to Thursday.
On Monday, Oct. 30, Kevin Can Wait shifts up to 8, Me, Myself & I moves to 9 and Superior Donuts premieres at 9:30.
Three days later, on Nov. 2, CBS rolls out its regular Thursday lineup: The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life in Pieces and new drama S.W.A.T.
The 2017-18 shows will debut under the watch of a new network chief. On Tuesday, CBS announced that Entertainment president Glenn Geller won’t return to the network following his two month medical leave to recuperate from a heart attack. Kelly Kahl, formerly senior evp of CBS Primetime and the network’s longtime scheduler, has been tapped to replace him.
Here is the entire premiere schedule for CBS’ fall shows (new programs are in all caps):
8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory (Sept. 25)/Kevin Can Wait (moves to regular time period Oct. 30)
8:30-9 p.m. — YOUNG SHELDON (Sept. 25, one night only)/9JKL (Oct. 2)
9-9:30 p.m. — Kevin Can Wait (Sept. 25)/ME, MYSELF & I (moves to regular time period Oct. 30)
9:30-10 p.m. — ME, MYSELF & I (Sept. 25)/Superior Donuts (Oct. 30)
10-11 p.m. — Scorpion (Sept. 25)
8-9 p.m. — NCIS (Sept. 26)
9-10 p.m. — Bull (Sept. 26)
10-11 p.m. — NCIS: New Orleans (Sept. 26)
8-9 p.m. — Survivor (Sept. 27)
9-10 p.m. — SEAL TEAM (Sept. 27)
10-11 p.m. — Criminal Minds (Sept. 27
8-11 p.m. — Thursday Night Football (Sept. 28)
8-8:30 p.m. — The Big Bang Theory (moves to regular time period Nov. 2)
8:30-9 p.m. — YOUNG SHELDON (moves to regular time period Nov. 2)
9-9:30 p.m. — Mom (Nov. 2)
9:30-10 p.m. — Life in Pieces (Nov. 2)
10-11 p.m. — S.W.A.T. (Nov. 2)
8-9 p.m. — MacGyver (Sept. 29)
9-10 p.m. — Hawaii Five-O (Sept. 29)
10-11 p.m. — Blue Bloods (Sept. 29)
8-10 p.m. — Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. — 48 Hours (Sept. 30)
7-8 p.m. — 60 Minutes (Sept. 24)
8-9 p.m. — WISDOM OF THE CROWD (Oct. 1)
9-10 p.m. — NCIS: Los Angeles (Oct 1)
10-11 p.m. — Madam Secretary (Oct. 8)