Monday, October 25, 2010

TBS Bumps American Dad To Afternoons, More Changes; CBS/The CW Order Full Seasons of Series

TBS is moving American Dad! from weekdays at 7:30pm to weekdays at 1:00pm beginning today. Seinfeld will now air in the 7pm hour, with King of Queens taking the 6pm hour and Everybody Loves Raymond taking the full 5pm hour. The 1pm American Dad! replaces According to Jim's first airing, which now moves to 2pm, replacing one Everybody Loves Raymond airing, but that airing is now at 5:30pm anyway. The animated comedy must have been struggling in the ratings. It only lasted about a month in the evening slot. After tonight, it has also lost its primetime airings. Tonight you'll see it at 8:30pm & 9:30pm, but that's it for primetime now. The Friday 8-9pm airings are replaced by Family Guy. And its Saturdays from 6:30pm-8pm slots are now gone with more Everybody Loves Raymond added earlier in the day (Saturdays 4-6pm) pushing King of Queens (6-7pm) and Seinfeld (7-8pm) to later airings. The latter two air in those slots on weekdays, too. Everything else remains the same as it is now.
A few weeks ago we mentioned when Conan starts on Nov. 8, My Name is Earl will move from 12-1am to 5pm half-hour, replacing Everybody Loves Raymond in that slot...that is SORT OF still happening. Now My Name is Earl will replace Everybody Loves Raymond's 1:30pm slot instead. My Name is Earl will also NOT air on Thanksgiving Day now from 6-7pm, as previously planned. Everything else we mentioned remains as is, such as Sex and the City leaving the schedule and the Seinfeld "Happy Festivus" marathon on Friday, Nov. 26.
View the FULL TBS schedule when Conan starts on Nov. 8.

CBS has given full season orders to its entire freshman class - Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Mike & Molly, The Defenders and $#*! My Dad Says. Of the five, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-0 have emerged as the net's biggest new hits even though they are not breakout hits. Five-0 continues to drop in its timeslot each week in Adults 18-49, but still wins its hour. Exact episode count for each are not available yet, but all of them will for sure air beyond the original 13 episodes. Word is that $#*! My Dad Says has only gotten an additional six episodes ordered, giving it 19 episodes for the season--so technically it's not a full season order. The others are likely at the full season of 22 episodes, with maybe The Defenders getting a bit less. None of these episode counts are official, though so stay tuned! In mid-season CBS still has the comedy Mad Love, dramas Chaos and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and reality series Live to Dance with Paula Abdul.

Meanwhile, The CW Network gave full season, back nine episode orders to both of its new freshman dramas Hellcats and Nikita, as well as veteran drama One Tree Hill, now in its eighth season. The latter was only ordered for a 13 episode eighth season, but now will get the full 22 episode season.
Since its premiere, Hellcats has dramatically improved The CW's Wednesday 9-10pm time period by 80% in women 18-34 (1.8/5), 100% in adults 18-34 (1.2/4) and 126% in total viewers (2.5mil). With breakout star Maggie Q, Nikita has become the second most-watched show on The CW (3.6mil), paired with the network's most watched series The Vampire Diaries.
The CW has not given any additional episodes to second year drama Life UneXpected yet. It has an order of 13 only, but is struggling in the ratings. The only other series The CW has in the bench is new reality series Shedding for the Wedding.