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Jonathan's Fall 2017 Schedule Predictions - January 2017

Welcome to my second annual January edition of schedule predictions for the 2017-2018 fall season.


ABC

Sunday
7-AFV
8-American Housewife
8:30-New Comedy
9-Designated Survivor
10-Once Upon a Time

Monday
8-Dancing with the Stars
10-New Drama

Tuesday
8-The Middle
8:30-New Comedy
9-Blackish
9:30-Fresh off the Boat
10-Marvel's the Inhumans

Wednesday
8-The Goldbergs
8:30-Speechless
9-Modern Family
9:30-New Comedy
10-New Drama

Thursday
8-Grey's Anatomy
9-Scandal
10-HTGAWM

Friday
8-Last Man Standing
8:30-Dr. Ken (And/Or) The Real O'Neals
9-Shark Tank
10-20/20


Reasoning: For my schedule, I've removed all the very low rated dramas from the schedule (Quantico, AOS, S&L). If Nashville was canceled with better ratings, then why would they make the exception to keep these around? I am calling AOS done due to the new Marvel show premiering. I think they will keep the Marvel hour where it is, just changing the show. ABC Sunday has been a serious problem. No show this season has rated above a 1.0 for its entire run in the fall. I think it would majorly help ABC to open up a comedy hour there. ABC has one thing going for them. They have comedy hits. I think opening an hour on Sunday would help the day majorly. Then, move low rated (1.2 series low, bound to get lower by May) Designated Survivor to Sundays, leading into the final season of OUAT. These ratings will be a big improvement for the day, allowing ABC Sunday to have several programs not be fractional.

Friday - The Real O'Neals is the lowest rated comedy on the network, however, ABC will likely be canning a lot of series by May, so TRON, who rated similarly in season 1, may avoid death again. I think the best thing to do would be to move the series to Friday (if it is renewed), instead of hogging a better slot with mediocre ratings.

CBS

Sunday
7-60 Minutes
8-NCIS: Los Angeles
9-NCIS: New Orleans
10-Madam Secretary

Monday
8-Kevin Can Wait
8:30-New Comedy
9-The Great Indoors
9:30-2 Broke Girls
10-Scorpion

Tuesday
8-NCIS
9-New Drama
10-Bull

Wednesday
8-Survivor
9-Criminal Minds
10-Doubt

Thursday
8-The Big Bang Theory
8:30-New Comedy
9-Mom
9:30-Life in Pieces
10-New Drama

Friday
8-MacGyver
9-Hawaii Five-0
10-Blue Bloods

Reasoning: I think CBS should capitalize on the NCIS series being hits, and make a two hour block on Sunday. Los Angeles worked moving there, so I see moving NO there to help fix the low rated night would very well. Madam Secretary can move to 10 while it is still racking up syndication, similar to Elementary airing at ten this season. Kevin Can Wait is doing well enough to launch a new show. The Great Indoors is pulling alright ratings, but airing after TBBT, the ratings aren't good. I don't think CBS will cancel the series, but perhaps move it to Mondays, and not allow it to launch a new show. Doubt may prove to be a hit, and make for a great fall spot performer. TBBT will launch a new comedy (of course), with the schedule afterwards remaining the same, and a new drama at 10.

THE CW

Monday
8-Supergirl
9-New Drama

Tuesday
8-The Flash
9-New Drama

Wednesday
8-Arrow
9-Legends of Tomorrow

Thursday
8-Supernatural
9-Riverdale

Friday
8-Jane the Virgin
9-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Midseason/benched - The 100, iZombie, New Drama, The Originals

Reasoning - Supergirl has done very well this season, it will definitely be launching a new series next year. The Flash is the highest rated program on the CW. I don't think the CW will waste it as a lead in on Legends of Tomorrow, so I'm putting a new show behind it. Legends of Tomorrow would work well after dwindling in the ratings veteran Arrow. Both are scoring ratings within the same vacinity. I don't think Riverdale will be as big as it is being made out to be, but still a solid ratings performer for the DC/Comic Book CW network. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be back due to awards, but with the ratings they are both pulling, the best place for them is Fridays.

FOX

Sunday
7:30-Bob's Burgers
8-The Simpsons
8:30-Family Guy
9-Orville

Monday
8-Gotham
9-Lucifer

Tuesday
8-Lethal Weapon
9-New Comedy
9:30-Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Wednesday
8-New Drama
9-Empire

Thursday
8-Star
9-New Drama

Friday
8-Hell's Kitchen
9-My Kitchen Rules

Note - TLMOE - Benched

Reasoning: Lethal Weapon has proven to be a solid ratings performer. I think it definitely will work launching a new show/comedy, followed by BNN. Now that Lethal Weapon has left the spot airing around Empire, it only makes sense to air a new drama in the slot. Star will most likely be a hit, and do well enough to launch a new drama. Fox Friday is not the best place to be for scripted series. Cooking shows have proven to work well there, so I am thinking that Fox will make the night a reality-cooking night for fall, if not the whole season.

NBC

Monday
8-The Voice
10-New Drama

Tuesday
8-The Voice
9-This Is Us
10-New Drama

Wednesday
8-Chicago Fire
9-Law & Order: SVU
10-Chicago P.D.

Thursday
8-Superstore
8:30-Returning Comedy
9-The Good Place
9:30-New Comedy
10-Chicago Med


Friday
8-Emerald City (assuming the series succeeds)
9-Midnight, Texas (assuming the series succeeds)
10-Dateline NBC

Midseason/Benched: Chicago Justice

Reasoning: Monday - obvious. No way will This Is Us not lead-in to a new show. It is massive. I think it will work best to cancel one of NBC's lowest rated shows airing right now - Blindspot, and place a new returning drama there. Chicago shows have proven to be hits on The Peacock, so it will most likely turn out well for the network to move one to the problem slot known as Wednesday at 8. Moving this, means Thursday will have an hour open up, which I believe works best to be a new comedy hour. Superstore will return leading off the night. Now, NBC has many comedies yet to premiere. I'm assuming at least one will do well, and be moved to fall. The Good Place is doing pretty well, and will probably get to lead-in to a new comedy. For Friday, things get challenging to predict. I'm not counting on Nick Cannon to come back, and if he does, not in fall. The show would only be used as a cheap backup. It is hard to make the schedule for NBC since they have so many series yet to premiere. I'm going to assume Emerald City and Midnight, Texas work out, and if they do, NBC will most likely make them create a Friday block for mediocre rated dramas. Of course, these series could flop, so these two spots can be interchanged with dramas that do better (enough to get renewed)

What do you think of my schedule predictions? Would you change anything? Let me know in the comments below.

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