All this week I will be previewing the networks new fall schedules, night by night and today we look at Monday night.
Monday is always one of the most competitive nights of the week and this season is no different as some long-running popular shows (Dancing with the Stars, Two and a Half Men, House) are joined by some of the fall's most buzzworthy new shows (The Event, Hawaii Five-0, Lone Star). As with every fall, there will be considerable competition from ESPN's Monday Night Football especially for male viewers.
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (11th edition)
10:00 Castle (3rd season)
ABC is the only network not making any Monday changes as it brings back its team of Dancing with the Stars and Castle with The Bachelor filling in-between the two Dancing installments starting in January. It may be hard for Dancing to reach last year's levels with buzzworthy contestants like Kate Gosselin and Pam Anderson but with Bristol Palin and The Situation, it should remain a popular choice for viewers. Expect it to win the total viewer number (possibly dropping to second in the 9pm hour) and a second place finish in the 18-49 demo. Castle performed best following The Bachelor but also does well when it follows Dancing. Look for a second place finish in total viewers and the demo.
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (6th season)
8:30 Rules of Engagement (5th season)
9:00 Two and a Half Men (8th season)
9:30 MIKE & MOLLY
10:00 HAWAII FIVE-0
8:00 Chuck (4th season)
9:00 THE EVENT
8:00 House (7th season)
9:00 LONE STAR
New Monday Shows Survival Chances
Mike & Molly (CBS) - Very Good, thanks to Chuck Lorre brand and great timeslot
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) - Good, it should be a hit with viewers but critics will never be a fan
The Event (NBC) - Fair, it will need to find a way to keep casual viewers interested
Chase (NBC) - Poor, tough timeslot and not very buzzed
Lone Star (FOX) - Fair, the critical buzz might be enough to save it even if numbers are low