Here is my Fall Preview for Monday nights, a night that finally sees a change on ABC after many years, a return to comedy on CBS, a new drama on NBC, no changes on FOX, and the flight of Supergirl to The CW.
Past Monday Previews: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (23rd edition)
8:00 (Sep) The Big Bang Theory (10th season)/(late Oct) KEVIN CAN WAIT
8:30 (Sep) KEVIN CAN WAIT/(late Oct) MAN WITH A PLAN
9:00 2 Broke Girls (6th season)
9:30 The Odd Couple (3rd season)
10:00 Scorpion (3rd season)
8:00 The Voice (11th edition)
8:00 Gotham (3rd season)
9:00 Lucifer (2nd season)
8:00 Supergirl (2nd season)
9:00 Jane the Virgin (3rd season)
New Monday Show Survival Chances
Conviction (ABC) - Good. The time seems right for this show to work on ABC. Its lead in goes from being one of TV's top shows in viewers (Dancing with the Stars) to a top show in the demo (The Bachelor). It also seems easy to digest and has an appealing lead. This is a coveted timeslot that hasn't been available for years. Time for Conviction to make the most of it.
Kevin Can Wait (CBS) - Good. I'm pretty high on this show from a ratings perspective. I don't understand it but Kevin James does seem to appeal to the masses. It gets a Big Bang lead-in for several weeks and then I think it'll be ready to be a capable lead-in.
Man With a Plan (CBS) - Fair. I'm less convinced about this one than Kevin Can Wait. First of all, it seems to be the worse of the two from what critics have said so far and Matt LeBlanc is not as big a draw. Plus a late October slot is not always a good thing. It's chances go up if Kevin is a hit.
Timeless (NBC) - Fair. This is a timeslot that has almost always been good to NBC but I'm a little more down on this show than some of their other lead-outs. It seems like it doesn't have as much of a pull to viewers like The Blacklist and Blindspot did. In another slot, I think it would be an instant bomb. Its timeslot gives it a fighting chance.