CBS sweeping ‘Murphy’ into earlier time period

CBS veteran hit “Murphy Brown” will return to the Eye web’s schedule in a new home for the May sweeps.

Instead of its 9 p.m. Monday slot, “Murphy” will move to 8:30 p.m. starting April 28. Freshman “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which had been performing solidly in that slot, has completed its run of original shows and will return to the web’s lineup in the summer.

“Cybill,” which last month moved from the 9:30 p.m. Monday slot to 9 p.m., will stay put. Also holding firm is “Ink” (which started the year in the 8:30 p.m. slot) at 9:30 p.m. “Cybill” has been a solid performer since making the move.

Whether the move of “Murphy Brown” from its 9 p.m. home for the sweeps means the show will move next fall remains to be seen. Next season will be the show’s last and the network may consider moving “Murphy” to another night such as Wednesday to bolster its efforts there or in a different time period Mondays.

Also, “Dave’s World,” which has been on hiatus since early March, will return to the Wednesday lineup in the 8:30 p.m. time period starting April 30. That slot currently is held by midseason comedy “Temporarily Yours,” which has done a good job at holding its lead-in numbers from “The Nanny.” However, it will have completed its six-pack order. “Pearl” started the season in that 8:30 p.m. slot but is not expected to return.

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