For viewers who are eagerly anticipating the rollout of the broadcast networks’ new fall lineups, the wait may be a little longer than usual. B&C reports that the premieres of many shows will be delayed this season.
“In their annual fall attempt to break away from programming clutter during the ‘official’ opening week of the season (Sept. 22-28), the broadcast networks are going to hold back 33 series — including 14 new shows — and premiere them throughout October,” the story reports.
Billie Gold, VP and director of buying/programming research at Carat, said: “I think this year more than any other year I can remember, there are more shows premiering after the traditional premiere week. The CW has always tried to premiere shows early, and more recently later, since it’s hard for the network to compete with the big guys. But this year’s premieres are scattered across a month following premiere week.”
The report notes that later starts will enable some programs to continue airing fresh episodes after competitors have gone into reruns. But another reason for the shift, says Sam Armando of Starcom MediaVest Group, is that the broadcast nets “have more original summer programming that is leading into the new season.”
Here’s a rundown on the big four broadcast nets:
Among the October premieres on tap at NBC: returning shows “About a Boy” (Oct. 14) and “Grimm” (Oct. 24), along with newcomers “Bad Judge” and “A to Z” (Oct. 2), “Marry Me” (Oct. 14) and “Constantine” (Oct. 24).
“NBC is also waiting to premiere drama ‘State of Affairs’ until Monday, Nov. 17, when it takes over the time period of ‘The Blacklist,’ which will return in first-quarter and move to Thursday night,” B&C notes.
ABC’s delayed premieres include returnees “Castle” (Sept. 28), “Last Man Standing” (Oct. 3) and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Oct. 5), and freshmen “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” (Sept. 30) and “Cristela” (Oct. 10).
Fox will be busy with the baseball playoffs and World Series in October, with just three premieres slated during the month: “Bones” and the new drama series “Gracepoint” (Oct. 2) and the new sitcom “Mulaney” (Oct. 5). Season two of “Masterchef Junior” is due to roll out Nov. 7.
CBS has Thursday Night Football airing through Oct. 23, moving a number of Thursday premieres to Oct. 30. The network has a hefty nine shows set to premiere later than the official premiere week, starting with “Mom” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (Sept. 29). Set for October are “Criminal Minds” (Oct. 1), “2 Broke Girls” (Oct. 27), “The Millers,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Elementary” (Oct. 30). The new drama “Stalker” is due up Oct. 1, with the freshman sitcom “The McCarthys” set for Oct. 30.