CBS Lays Out Premiere Schedule For the Fall

CBS will take the concept of “premiere week” very seriously this fall, launching nearly its entire lineup the week of Sept. 21.

The only outliers on the Eye’s launch schedule are Survivor: Samoa, which will debut Thursday, Sept. 17, and the new medical drama Three Rivers, with star Alex O’Loughlin, which will premiere Sunday, Oct. 4. The rest of the schedule, including three other new shows and the CBS premiere of Medium, will all roll out the week after the Emmy Awards (which CBS is broadcasting this year).

The compact premiere schedule is pretty much par for the course with CBS, which hasn’t messed much with the way it rolls out its shows in the past few years.

Highlights among the premieres include a reshuffled comedy lineup on Monday, Sept. 21 that has How I Met Your Mother at 8 p.m. and The Big Bang Theory at 9:30; the premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles following its parent show on Tuesday, Sept. 22; and The Mentalist settling into its Thursday-night home after CSI on Sept. 24.

The Amazing Race will get a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, which accounts for the delay in the Three Rivers premiere.

Here’s the full rundown (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Sept. 17
8 p.m. Survivor: Samoa

Monday, Sept. 21
8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose
9 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
10 p.m. CSI: Miami

Tuesday, Sept. 22
8 p.m. NCIS
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10 p.m. The Good Wife

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine
8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried
9 p.m. Criminal Minds
10 p.m. CSI: NY

Thursday, Sept. 24
9 p.m. CSI
10 p.m. The Mentalist

Friday, Sept. 25
8 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
9 p.m. Medium
10 p.m. Numb3rs

Saturday, Sept. 26
10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

Sunday, Sept. 27
7 p.m. 60 Minutes
8 p.m. The Amazing Race (two hours)
10 p.m. Cold Case

Sunday, Oct. 4
9 p.m. Three Rivers

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