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Fall Primetime Television Lineup 2013

Fall 2013 Primetime Television Lineup


  It's that time of year again where we take a look into our crystal ball to see what the networks have cooking up for us for the fall primetime lineup. Who will win who will lose? Only time will tell in the end.


Monday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC Dancing with the Stars, Castle.


  CBS How I Met Your Mother, We Are Men, 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Hostages.


  CW Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast.


  FOX Bones, Sleepy Hollow.


  NBC The Voice, The Blacklist.


  Both Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O'Connell in a new series! Can't wait to see this one it has to be good right? ::watches the pilot:: ...The pain oh the pain make it stop! Time for some eye bleach.


  CBS's Hostages seems like it could grab some viewers attention with the premise of a doctor who is treating the President of the United States, when her family is secretly kidnapped by terrorist who order her to kill the President or lose her family. The show is also going to use a timing gimmick of one day passing for each episode that airs (kind of reminds me of 24).


Tuesday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Lucky 7.


  CBS  N.C.I.S., N.C.I.S. Los Angeles, Person of Interest.


  CW The Originals, Supernatural.


  FOX Dads, Brooklyn Nine Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project.


  NBC The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Chicago Fire.


  If Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was on any other network except Always Be Canceling er I mean ABC, I think it would have a real shot. ABC is also trying to cash in with the waning nostalgia fad with the introduction of an "80's Sitcom" called The Goldbergs. From what has been revealed so far I don't see this one really catching on.


  One of the few gems that the CW has is the Supernatural which had a very nice turn around last season in terms of both storytelling and character development. It will be interesting to see if they can continue to keep this aging series fresh and exciting.


Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Hopefully this is not Already Being Canceled, because it looks good.


Wednesday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC The Middle, Back in the Game, Modern Family, Super Fun Night, Nashville.


  CBS Survivor: Blood vs. Water, Criminal Minds, CSI.


  CW Arrow, The Tomorrow People.


  FOX The X-Factor.


  NBC Revolution, Law & Order:SVU, Ironside.


  The CW continues its trend of comic book style shows with The Tomorrow People, which is a remake of an older English TV series which itself has already seen several different incarnations. Think X-men without the amazing characters that you know and love.


  Ironside is a remake of a 1960's series and shares very little with it's namesake except that it centers on a disabled main character. This reminds me a lot of the Dragnet reboot that the networks tried a few years ago. Don't really see this one hanging around.


Thursday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal.


  CBS The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Two and a Half Men, Elementary.


  CW The Vampire Diaries, Reign.


  FOX The X-Factor, Glee.


  NBC Parks and Recreation, Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show, Parenthood.


  The Crazy Ones will answer the question of whether Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gelhar can still draw in a television audiences. Think of a modern day Mad Men meets Abbot and Costello done as a sitcom.


Friday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC Last Man Standing, The Neighbors, Shark Tank, 20/20


  CBS Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods.


  CW The Carrie Diaries, America's Next Top Model.


  FOX Master Chef Junior.


  NBC Dateline NBC, Grimm, Dracula.


As cliche as the new series Dracula is I found it to be an interesting take on the old story. The series might be a little to late too cash in on the vampire craze but the acting and amazing sets might draw in enough viewers to give this one a chance to take hold.


Dracula 2013

Humanity, the other other white meat.


Saturday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC Saturday Night College Football


  CBS Comedytime Saturday, Crimetime Saturday, 48 Hours.


  CW Zzzzz


  FOX Fox Sports Saturday.


  NBC Encore presentations and reruns.


  I have a dream that at some point the networks will begin to care about what they air on the Saturday night. In a day and age of DVR's it is important to have good programming all week long as the viewers that you are looking to draw in will watch programming at their leisure.


Sunday Night Primetime Line Up


  ABC America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Betrayal.


  CBS 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist.


  CW As always every year when we look at the CW for Sunday night we get... nothing.


  FOX NFL on Fox, The OT, The Simpsons, Bob's Burger, Family Guy, American Dad.


  NBC Football Night in America, Sunday Night Football.


  To paraphrase a line from the movie Dune, "He who controls the Sunday Night Football, controls the ratings".


  So who came out on top last year amongst the major television networks?


Ranking by Total Viewers                

1. CBS                        

2. ABC                     

3. FOX                   

4. NBC                        

5. CW


  These numbers reflect total viewership numbers, not just the hotly wanted 18-49 crowd that advertisers and networks salivate over. When we do look at the numbers for the 18- 49 Crowd there is a bit of a shuffle in the rankings, but CBS still comes out on top and the CW still ranking at very distant dead last.


Networks and advertisers love the 18-49 crowd

Because in their book, no one else counts.


  A lot of shows got renewed this year limiting the amount of pilots for new programing that got green-light for this fall.


   No one can say which of these shows will really make it in the end, but why not give a new show a chance; you never know just what new gem you might unearth.


  I always like to end my fall preview article with a little bit of a history lesson. When the show Cheers first aired its pilot it ranked at 74th out of 77 shows. Things continued to look bad for the series throughout the first season and the network reaper nearly raised its axe on a few occasions to put the show out of its misery.


  Cheers would go on to become one of the networks most successful shows and gave birth to a spin off series Fraiser that brought the network ratings for another decade, all because they gave the show time to find its audience.




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