Will the Return of “Scandal” Stem the Ratings Decline of “How to Get Away with Murder”?

I’ll bet ABC can’t wait for the return of Scandal on January 19. But this is about How to Get Away With Murder — which, for its first two seasons, was the 10pm lead-out for ABC’s 9pm tentpole on Thursday nights. But due to Scandal star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, the nearly five-year-old political drama was held back until… Read More Will the Return of “Scandal” Stem the Ratings Decline of “How to Get Away with Murder”?

You Can Now Find ABC’s “The Middle” on Tuesdays Nights at 8pm

With its EIGHTH season premiere in October, ABC’s underrated and overlooked comedy The Middle saw its first time slot change in six years — and the first to an entirely new night. Since the fall of 2010, The Middle has ably anchored Wednesday nights where it held its own opposite Survivor on CBS and the then still-potent American Idol on… Read More You Can Now Find ABC’s “The Middle” on Tuesdays Nights at 8pm

“Blue Bloods” is Network Broadcast TV’s Underrated Stalwart

It doesn’t have the buzz of fellow family drama Empire. It doesn’t generate the Emmy attention accorded to The Good Wife. It doesn’t have the twitter presence of Scandal. And it doesn’t have the viewership of NCIS. But Blue Bloods is one of broadcast TV’s most underrated stalwarts. Airing on Friday nights at 10pm on CBS — a… Read More “Blue Bloods” is Network Broadcast TV’s Underrated Stalwart

Surprise! After Two Seasons of Declines, “NCIS: Los Angeles” Rebounds in Season Eight

When this season’s fall broadcast schedules were unveiled in May, one of the more eyebrow-raising moves (from our vantage point) was CBS relocating NCIS: Los Angeles from Monday nights at 10pm to the 8pm anchor position on Sunday nights opposite Once Upon a Time on ABC, The Simpsons/Son of Zorn on FOX and Sunday Night Football on NBC. Granted,… Read More Surprise! After Two Seasons of Declines, “NCIS: Los Angeles” Rebounds in Season Eight

That Was the Year That Was: The 2015-2016 Broadcast TV Season

The 2015-2016 broadcast TV season officially concluded last Wednesday and on Thursday the final annual Nielsen rankings were released. For the fourth time in five years, NBC Sunday Night Football took the top spot. For the fourth consecutive season, the Top 3 programs were football, The Big Bang Theory and NCIS – though The Big Bang Theory and NCIS swapped… Read More That Was the Year That Was: The 2015-2016 Broadcast TV Season

To the Broadcast Networks: A Case for Saturday Nights

Once upon a time, there was television on Saturday nights — and much of it included some of TV’s biggest hits: Your Show of Shows and The Jackie Gleason Show in the 1950s, Gunsmoke and The Jackie Gleason Show in the 1960s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and All in the Family in the 1970s and The Love Boat and The Golden… Read More To the Broadcast Networks: A Case for Saturday Nights

The 2016-2017 Network Broadcast Schedules – Bungles, Botches and Bonehead Moves

Every May, the broadcast TV networks unveil their fall programming schedules — and every year there are questions, concerns and discussions about what was cancelled, what was renewed and what is being scheduled where. This year is no different — although I wish it were. So below is my annualish takedown of the broadcast networks’… Read More The 2016-2017 Network Broadcast Schedules – Bungles, Botches and Bonehead Moves