Three weeks into the fall season, and the networks already have started tinkering with their skeds.
Newbie net CW has flipped its Sunday and Monday grids, while CBS last week sought to protect high-profile frosh laffer “The Class” by giving it a later Monday night timeslot. Fox also announced a flurry of post-baseball shifts, while ABC realized it didn’t have enough promo firepower to launch “Knights of Prosperity” next week.
Some shows also moved closer to cancellation. At press time, the Eye’s Ray Liotta starrer “Smith” looked headed for hiatusville, while NBC’s “Kidnapped” will finish up its first-season storyline in just 13 episodes (rather than the usual 22) and Fox’s similarly themed “Vanished” will finish its order Friday.
Fox also is giving Jerry Bruckheimer‘s “Justice” a shot Mondays behind “Prison Break” and says it’s bringing back “Happy Hour” after baseball — though few industry types think it has much of a life expectancy.
And while the ratings trend for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” hasn’t been positive, NBC will likely be patient with Aaron Sorkin‘s high-profile show.
There are some bright spots for the nets.
NBC made “Heroes” the first new fall show to snag a full-season order, while CBS gave sophomore skeins “Old Christine” and “The Unit” back-nine greenlights as well. ABC, meanwhile, can be happy about early numbers for “Ugly Betty” and “Brothers & Sisters”– not to mention the smashing success of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which has turned the Alphabet into a Thursday night player for the first time in recent memory.