‘Chief’ sets comeback

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“Commander in Chief” is coming back to ABC sooner than expected — and on a different night.

Skein will now air Thursdays at 10 p.m. starting April 13, the Alphabet announced Wednesday. Scheduling gives “Commander” the benefit of a compatible lead-in from “American Inventor,” ABC’s latest reality hit.

While Thursdays at 10 has traditionally been a death slot for ABC — thanks to competish from CBS’ “Without a Trace” and NBC’s “ER” — slot is arguably less competitive than 9 p.m. Tuesday, where “Commander” was set to return next month. Fox’s “House” is on fire on Tuesdays, while CBS’ red-hot “The Unit” appeals to the 25-54 demo that demonstrated some love for “Commander” early in its run.

To make room for “Commander,” ABC newsmag “Primetime” will shift to 9 p.m. Fridays for three weeks, then take off three weeks before returning to its Thursday berth.

With “Commander” not returning to Tuesdays, ABC will continue to program comedy in the 9-10 p.m. timeslot. After “Sons & Daughters” wraps its first season, net will pair “Hope & Faith” at 9 with “Less Than Perfect” at 9:30.

Latter skein is making its return to the ABC sked after a nearly nine-month hiatus. New lineup begins April 18, with “According to Jim” and another “Hope & Faith” seg filling the 8-9 p.m. slot.