Fall 2009 TV Schedules

The major network upfronts are done, and there are some points of interest. Smallville changed nights (and will continue to get weekly reviews here), Medium changed networks, Sarah Connor Chronicles is off the air, and both Fox and NBC are splitting their scheduled through the fall and winter seasons. If you see two shows in one timeslot in the charts below, the first is for fall, and the second is for winter. Empty cells were not specified by the network, so local affiliates can fill them as appropriate.


Time 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Desperate Housewives Brothers and Sisters
CBS 60 Minutes The Amazing Race Three Rivers Cold Case
The CW
Fox Football OT / Animation repeats Football OT / American Dad The Simpsons The Cleveland Show / Sons of Tucson Family Guy American Dad / Cleveland Show
NBC Football Night in America / Dateline NBC Football Night in America / The Marriage Ref (8:20) Sunday Night Football / The Marriage Ref Sunday Night Football / Celebrity Apprentice


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Dancing with the Stars / The Bachelor Castle
CBS How I Met Your Mother Accidentally on Purpose Two and a Half Men The Big Bang Theory CSI: Miami
The CW Gossip Girl One Tree Hill
Fox House Lie to Me / 24
NBC Heroes / Chuck Trauma / Day One Jay Leno


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Shark Tank (reality) Dancing with the Stars Results Show The Forgotten
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife
The CW 90210 Melrose Place
Fox So You Think You Can Dance / American Idol So You Think You Can Dance / Past Life
NBC The Biggest Loser The Biggest Loser / 100 Questions Jay Leno


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Hank The Middle Modern Family Cougar Town Eastwick
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine Gery Unmarried Criminal Minds CSI: NY
The CW America’s Next Top Model The Beautiful Life
Fox So You Think You Can Dance Results Show / American Idol Results Show Glee / Human Target
NBC Parenthood / Mercy Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Jay Leno


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Flash Forward Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice
CBS Survivor CSI: Crime Scene Investigations The Mentalist
The CW Vampire Diaries (new drama) Supernatural
Fox Bones Fringe
NBC SNL Weekend Update Thursday / Community Parks and Recreation The Office Community / 30 Rock Jay Leno


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Supernanny Ugly Betty 20/20
CBS Ghost Whisperer Medium (new network) Numbers
The CW Smallville (new night) America’s Next Top Model
Fox Brothers Til Death Dollhouse
NBC Law and Order Southland Jay Leno


Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC College Football
CBS Drama repeats Drama Repeats 48 Hours Mystery
The CW
Fox Cops America’s Most Wanted
NBC Dateline NBC Trauma repeats / Southland repeast Law and Order: SVU repeats

21 replies on “Fall 2009 TV Schedules”

  1. I think you transposed ABC and Time on Mondays.

    Mostly for my own purposes, but here’s what my household will be watching:

    Sunday: Cold Case (My wife’s show.)
    Monday: Castle, House, Heroes
    Tuesday: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angels
    Wednesday: Nada
    Thursday: Bones
    Friday: Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Numbers, Smallville, Dollhouse
    Saturday: Nada

    Other Notes:
    Three Rivers is a drama about Organ Transplants. I wonder if it’s set in Pittsburgh, which wass founded on the Three Rivers? That might make it worth it, I love my hometown.

    Let me guess: Vampire Diaries:Twilight::Charmed:The Craft?

    What’s Past Life?

    Ghost Whisperer and Medium on the same network? Anyone else thing that’s the sort of thing where if they were two different companies, the employees would be updating their resumes as they prepared to become ‘redundant’? It’s like Go-bots leading into Transformers.

    • The Time/ABC thing is fixed now. “Vampire Diaries” is getting pretty strong advance word, and a title like that could serve well paired with “Supernatural.” I’d have been tempted to move “Supernatural” up an hour to have it lead into the new show, but there’s always the risk of losing viewers when you play with schedules like that.

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    • That was probably the best news out of the upfronts for me, along with the fact that NBC might order a back 9 to the season to run into the summer. Sadly though, they left it in what may be the most competitive time slot on TV right now.

      • My busiest time slot is definitely Thursdays at 8pm CST: Supernatural, Fringe, The Office/30 Rock, and Grey’s. This kind of thing is why I have two Tivos.

  3. I just found out today Sarah Connor is off the air. It’s a shame. :( I am especially surprised with the new movie coming out. Perhaps Fox has low expectations for it? Oh well, Fringe has been looking up.


  4. Shouldn’t Wednesday at 10 be LOST for the second half of the season?

    Also I predict that Leno 5 days a week will definitely help NBC succeed in being the lowest rated network. What a bonehead move.

    • Lost probably will take that timeslot. ABC hasn’t published its final mid-season schedule, so I didn’t include it, just in case it changes day or times again. It is confirmed that it’s got one more season, though. (In early season three, they negotiated for a specific number of episodes so they can write the show to a close. There’s only one year left, regardless of ratings, so they can plan to wrap things up.)

  5. One other big change I forgot to point out: Reaper is now officially cancelled, though there has been some talk of a different network picking it up for weekend syndication.

    • Reaper was decent for basically being Chuck without the geek aspect and hell in place of the CIA and while I liked it I won’t be too upset that it’s gone (unlike tSCC damnit…). The good news with that is that it looks like it’s at least moving towards some kind of plot resolution if last weeks teaser was any indicator.

      • I love Reaper. While I like Chuck, Reaper is way more fun in my opinion. If it doesn’t make it to another network I will be very disappointed.

        I am also sorry to see The Sarah Connor Chronicles go. It was a good show.

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  7. Not strictly on point, but are there any thoughts about CBS’s decision to air NCIS and its spinoff back-to-back? Tuesdays aren’t the stiffest night of competition, but it seems to be a little bit of overkill, comparable to putting 2 hours of law & order or CSI together. NCIS is hot right now, and damned straight my wife and I will be watching, but it still seems like an odd play.

    • I haven’t heard anything official, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they launch back to back and then the spinoff gets moved when it develops its own following, possibly next year, so it can hit a more competitive timeslot with a more dedicated audience.

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