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The Five Networks in Fall 2016: 20 New Series in Total

Eleven Dramas and Eight Comedies

Keeping in mind that nothing is etched in stone, here is the breakdown of the new network series announced for fall 2016:

-Number of new network series in total: 20 (last fall there were 21; 8 of those 21 are returning)

-Dramas: 12, Comedies: 8

-CBS: 6, ABC: 5, NBC and Fox: 3 each, CW: 2

-Monday: 4, Tuesday: 4, Wednesday: 4, Thursday: 5, Friday: 2, Saturday: 0, Sunday: 1

-The new comedies – half-hour: “American Housewife” (ABC), “The Good Place” (NBC), “The Great Indoors” (CBS), “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Man With a Plan” (CBS), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Speechless” (ABC)

-The new comedies – one-hour: “No Tomorrow” (CW)

-The new dramas: “Bull” (CBS), “Conviction” (ABC), “Designated Survivor” (ABC), “The Exorcist” (Fox), “Frequency” (CW), “Lethal Weapon” (Fox), “MacGyver” (CBS), “Notorious” (ABC), “Pitch” (Fox), “Pure Genius” (CBS), “This is Us” (NBC), “Timeless” (NBC)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Okay, here is my prediction…

    Monday – CBS will rise due to its return to Comedy on this night, while the 9pm comedies will do “okay” it’s the 8pm comedies we need to keep an eye on. They have the potential to break-out (Break-out meaning 2.0 demos). Scorpion IMO should do as well or better than NCIS:LA. The Voice will debut okay and fade fast, DWTS will be stable but down slightly…FOX/CW will battle for 4th with FOX having the edge (albeit a small edge)

    CBS/ABC/NBC: To close to call
    FOX
    CW

    Tuesday – CBS will win, I expect them to win every hour as well (though at first NBC will win the 8 & 10pm hours thereafter CBS will past them once the Voice weakens). The Middle won’t help ABC much and I fully expect the Middle to slide to near New Girl Demo levels (yes New Girl). Thanks to the Flash the CW may just make 3rd again on Tuesdays while FOX dies

    CBS
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    ABC/CW
    FOX

    Wednesday – FOX will win again thanks to Empire but the show will slide fast and fortunately for them they only program 2 hours a night helping them win the night. ABC will be a strong 2nd thanks to Designated Survivor which I expect to win the 10pm hour. CBS will barely holding off NBC as I feel CBS will struggle at the 10pm hour (Both CBS and NBC will see more erosion on this night). CW will be stable but clearly the loser of the night

    FOX
    ABC
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    CW

    Thursday – CBS will begin to dominate after TNF is over…only the 10pm hour will elude them. ABC will suffer a bit thanks to the increase competition from NBC but will still hold onto 2nd. NBC’s addition of Chicago Med will help The Blacklist and probably hurt ABC in one stroke (not bad) but the comedies are DOA. The CW will again challenge FOX and it would not surprise me if FOX slipped to 5th

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    FOX/CW

    Friday – There really isn’t much difference on this night from first to fourth so its anyone’s game as Sharktank is weakening and CBS has an untested new show. The only thing I’m certain of is that the CW will be dead last

    ABC/CBS/NBC
    FOX
    CW

    Sunday – SNF gives NBC the easy win but the rest will battle it out for an ever decreasing morsels. FOX has the edge but NCIS:LA addition on CBS may help the night a lot…time will tell

    NBC
    FOX/CBS/ABC

    Season – Despite the Superbowl on FOX I don’t think they will win the season especially given Empire’s erosion and Idol (a steady player) being gone. I think CBS will win by a hair with ABC and the CW gaining slightly. FOX will come in 2nd (if not for the Superbowl it would be 4th) and NBC will be down a bit

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    CW