2019-20 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The NBC Fall 2019 Schedule & Analysis

Posted May 12, 2019 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve reached the broadcast networks’ Upfront Week… which used to be a lot more central to our television lives than it is now.  Ratings everywhere are down, and there’s no reason to think they’ve hit bottom, which has caused seismic changes in the ways networks make scheduling decisions.  Among other things, with revenues from […]

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2018-19 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: NBC Fall Schedule & Analysis [5-Network Program Grid Added]

Posted May 13, 2018 by Mitch Salem

  Welcome to Upfronts week, when the broadcast networks (or what’s left of them) announce their Fall schedules and attempt to generate billions of dollars worth of excitement from advertisers.  It’s harder than ever to authoritatively analyze the thought process that goes into a broadcaster’s cancellation, renewal and pick-up decisions, because network ad revenues directly […]

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2017-18 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The NBC Fall 2017 Schedule

Posted May 14, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  The Upfronts are officially here, more troubled than ever thanks to the ever-declining ratings at the broadcast networks.  (This Variety article does a good job of laying out the ways in which business considerations are altering what shows are put on the air.)  NBC is in the best position of the broadcasters, thanks to […]

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2016-17 TV Season


Posted May 15, 2016 by Mitch Salem

  Thanks to SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, THE VOICE and Dick Wolf, NBC is in stable–if unexciting–shape as the 2015-16 season ends, and the Peacock’s fall line-up is as notable for what it doesn’t do as for what it does.  Although the network has ordered a dozen new series, only 3 of them will begin airing […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The CBS Fall Schedule

Posted May 13, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  CBS doesn’t typically cultivate daring in its fall schedules, but this year it’s making one exception.  Here’s a quick look (new shows are in ALL CAPS, new timeslots are in italics): MONDAY Sept-Oct 8PM:  The Big Bang Theory 8:30PM:  LIFE IN PIECES Nov 8PM:  SUPERGIRL 9PM:  Scorpion 10PM:  NCIS: LA Running Supergirl against Gotham isn’t as […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The ABC Fall Schedule (with Trailer Reviews)

Posted May 12, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  ABC made some impressive strides this past season, especially on Wednesday and Thursday, and it was probably wise that the network decided to adopt a conservative schedule for the Fall.  Here’s a quick look, along with the network’s reported midseason plans, and reviews of the new shows’ trailers (new shows are in ALL CAPS, […]

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2015-16 TV Season

NIELSENWAR: The NBC Fall Schedule

Posted May 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Although its official Upfront presentation isn’t until tomorrow morning, NBC has unveiled its Fall 2015 primetime schedule, and here it is along with some instant analysis (new shows are in ALL CAPS, new timeslots are in italics): MONDAY 8PM:  The Voice 10PM:  BLINDSPOT (trailer here) The network may not have moved The Blacklist back […]

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2014-15 TV Season

NIELSENWAR 2014-15 Trailer Review: CW’s “The Flash”

Posted May 15, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  (NOTE:  as of Thursday afternoon, CW had only released a 30-second teaser for its new JANE THE VIRGIN, and nothing at all for midseason shows iZOMBIE and THE MESSENGERS.  We’ll post reviews of the rest of the network’s trailers as soon as they’re available.) THE FLASH:  Tuesday 8PM on CW THE FACTS:  Viewers of […]

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