NBC Fall Schedule Announced

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NBC was the first network to announce its schedule for the 2018-19 broadcast season on Sunday morning, and the new lineup is a clear reflection of how pleased network brass are with the current momentum.

 

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Aided by both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, NBC is wrapping a season that currently sees ranks it as No. 1 in both the key demographic and total viewers — the latter a rare lead over CBS. So the additions and tweaks that do appear on the schedule are surgical, an effort to maintain the current 38 percent advantage it holds over its closest competition. That will be a clear point of emphasis come Monday, as will the decision to import some of summer’s biggest hits (America’s Got Talent, World of Dance) to midseason, when the lineup is presented to media buyers at the network’s Radio City Music Hall presentation.

The only other new series making the cut for NBC’s fall primetime lineup is I Feel Bad. The comedy, from Aseem Batra and Amy Poehler, joins the Thursday-night sitcom block — airing after the revived Will & Grace. Another tweak to the night comes at 10 p.m., where the network is shifting its oldest drama. Law & Order: SVU will now wrap that night, leaving Wednesday open to an all-Chicago block with Dick Wolf’s three other dramas — Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.. (Fridays will be home to Blindspot; Midnight, Texas and Dateline NBC, while Sunday Night Football obviously anchors the end of the week.)

NBC is the most-skilled of the Big Four in programming reality shows — and the heavy load after the start of the new year should help alleviate the inevitable ratings fatigue that comes from a post-Olympics and post-Super Bowl year.

NBC’s 2018 Fall Schedule

Monday
8-10 p.m. ET/PT — The Voice
10-11 p.m. — Manifest

Tuesday
8-9 p.m. — The Voice
9-10 p.m. — This Is Us
10-11 p.m.  — New Amsterdam

Wednesday
8-9 p.m. — Chicago Med
9-10 p.m. — Chicago Fire
10-11 p.m. — Chicago P.D.

Thursday
8-8:30 p.m. — Superstore
8:30-9 p.m.  — The Good Place
9-9:30 p.m. — Will & Grace
9:30-10 p.m. — I Feel Bad
10-11 p.m.  — Law & Order: SVU

Friday
8-9 p.m. — Blindspot
9-10 p.m. — Midnight, Texas
10-11 p.m — Dateline NBC

Saturday
8-10 p.m. — Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 p.m. – Saturday Night Live (encores)

Sunday
7-8:20 p.m. — Football Night in America
8:20-11 p.m. — Sunday Night Football

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  NBC
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