'Brother' gets a Sunday slot
“Big Brother” is getting a big bump.
As part of a summer sked shuffle, CBS has decided to move the Saturday edition of the thrice-weekly reality sudser to Sunday nights. Move gives the skein exposure on a more heavily viewed night and also warms up the timeslot for “The Amazing Race,” which shifts to Sundays in the fall.
“It seems like a good idea to get some reality fans thinking about CBS Sundays at 8,” Eye scheduling and program planning supremo Kelly Kahl told Daily Variety.
“Brother” will now air Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. First Sunday seg is set for July 16, with CBS using the night to shift “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace” to their new respective timeslots at 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday.
Kahl said the fact that this year’s “Big Brother” is an “all-star” edition also spurred the decision to move one night of the show to Sundays.
“We’re trying to raise the profile of the show a little bit,” he said. “It’ll hopefully lift the Tuesday and Thursday airings as well.”
For the time being, CBS plans to double-pump “Trace,” continuing to air repeats of the show in its current 10 p.m. Thursday slot.
Also getting a double-pump in July: Frosh laffer “How I Met Your Mother.” In addition to its regular 8:30 p.m. Monday slot, skein will also air the same night at 9:30 p.m., behind “Two and a Half Men.”
“Mother” double play starts July 10 and will continue for a month, with “Old Christine” returning in August.
In another Eye sked change, the July 5 premiere of “Rock Star: Supernova” is expanding to 90 minutes. It’ll air from 8-9:30 p.m.