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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

WEEKEND REWIND: CBS 2006-07 Season

Sorry for the delay in this post, I didn't realize I had saved it as a draft and not posted it!

CBS 2006-07
Heading into the 2006-07 season, CBS was coming off from a big year with budding hits in Criminal Minds and How I Met Your Mother and 13 shows in the Top 30. The 2006-07 class was not nearly as strong. They got a few renewals but the biggest new show ended up being Rules of Engagement, which was never more than a modest success.


Check out my ABC Weekend Rewind from 2006-07!

MONDAYS
(Sep 18-Oct 2)
8:00 The Class
8:30 How I Met Your Mother
9:00 Two and a Half Men
9:30 The New Adventures of Old Christine
10:00 CSI: Miami

(Oct 9-Jan 29)
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 The Class
9:00 Two and a Half Men
9:30 The New Adventures of Old Christine
10:00 CSI: Miami

(Feb 5-Mar 5)
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 The Class
9:00 Two and a Half Men
9:30 Rules of Engagement
10:00 CSI: Miami

(Mar 12-26)
8:00 How I Met Your Mother (starting Mar 19)
8:30 The New Adventures of Old Christine
9:00 Two and a Half Men
9:30 Rules of Engagement
10:00 CSI: Miami

(Apr 9-May 14)
8:00 How I Met Your Mother
8:30 The New Adventures of Old Christine (through May 7)
9:00 Two and a Half Men (through May 7)
9:30 The King of Queens
10:00 CSI: Miami
"Rules of Engagement"
Monday night's lineup changed a lot but it was all changes with the comedies as CSI: Miami stayed at 10pm all season. CBS tried to jump start the night with a new sitcom in the lead-off slot. The Class  was a critically acclaimed comedy starring Jason Ritter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lizzy Caplan, and Andrea Anders among others. The show centered on eight classmates from 3rd grade reuniting 20 years later. The show didn't work as a lead-off and seemed to bring down promising second year show How I Met Your Mother so CBS flipped the two shows after just three weeks and that combination lasted until March. The 9pm hour had Two and a Half Men as the anchor, of course, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, coming off a strong first season. However, Old Christine wasn't holding on to enough of Men's audience so CBS eventually moved it to 8:30pm after The Class ended its 19 episode run. Their next effort was more successful as Rules of Engagement launched to strong numbers the day after the Super Bowl. This show never broke out but was a utility CBS player for years. When it ended its short first season, it was replaced by the final batch of episodes of The King of Queens, which was ending a nine year run back on the night where it became a big hit. When it ended, it was the last surviving live action sitcom that had premiered in the 1990s.

TUESDAYS
(Sep 19-Nov 7)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 The Unit
10:00 Smith (through Oct 3)

(Nov 14-May 8)
8:00 NCIS
9:00 The Unit
10:00 3 Lbs (through Nov 28)
"Smith"
Tuesday nights stayed the same from 8-10pm all year with NCIS and The Unit. Both shows were solid, but NCIS still wasn't the top CBS drama it is today. However, the 10pm hour was a disaster. It was reminiscent of ABC in this same slot this past season. They started with Smith, a crime drama about a gang of thieves starring Ray Liotta, Jonny Lee Miller, and Simon Baker. It lasted just three episodes and CBS aired reruns and specials for about a month. Then they brought in the new medical drama 3 Lbs starring Stanley Tucci. That show lasted just three episodes as well. CBS did not stock up on extra dramas because they weren't used to quick failures so they had nothing left to air in the hour the rest of the season so from December until May, it was a mix of repeats, specials, and extra 48 Hours episodes.

WEDNESDAYS
(Sep 20-Nov 29)
8:00 Jericho
9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI: NY

(Dec 6-Jan 3)
8:00 The King of Queens
8:30 Various Programming
9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI: NY

(Jan 10-Feb 7)
8:00 Armed & Famous
9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI: NY


(Feb 14-May 16)
8:00 Jericho (through May 9)
9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI: NY
"Jericho"
Like Tuesdays, Wednesday nights only had changes in one of the three hours and it was CBS' regular problem hour in the mid 2000s - Wednesdays at 8pm. 9-11pm was set with Criminal Minds and CSI: NY with Minds even getting the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. The 8pm hour was mostly Jericho, but it had a split season with 11 episodes in the fall and 11 in the spring. The post-apocalyptic drama developed a strong cult following but didn't get huge ratings. CBS cancelled it at the end of the season only to be bombarded by letters and e-mails urging them to change their minds. Unlike what usually happens, CBS actually listened and they ended up renewing it for a midseason 2008 return (though it didn't last beyond that). During its hiatus, CBS aired a few episodes of returning sitcom The King of Queens before it moved back to Mondays for its final run. They also aired the short-lived reality show Armed & Famous which featured D-level celebrities getting police training.

THURSDAYS
8:00 Survivor (Sep 21-Dec 14 & Feb 8-May 10)
9:00 CSI
10:00 Shark
"Shark"
Thursday night had Survivor and CSI holding down the fort at 8pm and 9pm and still going strong, even though Survivor was not quite the monster it once was. Without a Trace had moved to Sundays so the coveted post-CSI slot was open and it was filled by Shark, a Los Angeles-set legal drama starring James Woods and Jeri Ryan. The show lasted the full season in the slot but didn't break out the way Without a Trace did. It ended up being moved to Trace's Sunday slot after its first season as Trace came back to Thursdays. Shark was quickly forgotten but in this rough season for newbies, it was the top new drama on CBS.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Ghost Whisperer
9:00 Close to Home
10:00 Numb3rs
Friday nights were finally steady with a lineup that looks like CBS today, just with different shows: modestly rated, "second tier" CBS sitcoms. Back in these days, that meant Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, and Numb3rs. Only Close to Home was cancelled after this season as the bookends were strong enough to come back.

SATURDAYS
8:00 Various Programming
10:00 48 Hours
Once again, Saturdays had encores and 48 Hours, just like today.

SUNDAYS
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 The Amazing Race (Sep 24-Dec 3 & Feb 18-May 6)
9:00 Cold Case
10:00 Without a Trace
After decades, CBS said goodbye to the Sunday Night Movie. CBS was the last network to hold onto a Sunday night movie but those days were over. 60 Minutes stayed at 7pm while 8pm was given to The Amazing Race and its two cycles, a slot it has held ever since (though it is on the move to Fridays this fall). Two dramas occupied the former movie slot - Cold Case and Without a Trace. Cold Case slid an hour while Without a Trace moved over from Thursdays. For their first experiment with Sunday dramas here, it went well (both shows were in the Top 20), though they moved Trace back to rescue Thursdays after one year.


CBS 2006-07 Stats

Shows in the Top 30
4. CSI
11. CSI: Miami
13. Survivor
16. Without a Trace
18. NCIS
20. Cold Case/Two and a Half Men
22. Criminal Minds
23. CSI: NY
24. Shark 
26. 60 Minutes
29. Rules of Engagement

Fall Shows Survival: 2/4 (50%)
Jericho, Shark

Midseason Shows Survival: 1/3 (33%)
Rules of Engagement

Total New Shows Survival Rate: 3/7 (43%)

Cancelled/Ended Series
The King of Queens (9 seasons)
Close to Home (2 seasons)
The Class/Smith/3 Lbs/Armed & Famous (1 season)

Emmy Nominees & Winners (Major Categories)
Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Comedy Series)
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)
Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) 

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