What to Expect From the Broadcast Networks This Fall: Mostly Established Hits

  • Variety
Of the major broadcasters, few are making any radical changes to their linear schedules for the fall Nielsen season, which begins Sept. 23. They’re relying instead on mostly established hits. No doubt the nets are looking to stanch the bleeding of linear viewers to digital and streaming platforms by providing continuity from season to season. Here’s a breakdown of each network’s programming plans.


ABC has kept most of its 2018-19 schedule intact, with the highest-profile move being “The Rookie” going to Sundays at 10 p.m., while “American Housewife” joins the Friday-night comedy block alongside “Fresh off the Boat.”

The network will also see the biggest drop-off in the number of shows debuting this fall compared with last year, going to four in 2019 from seven in 2018.

“We’re screaming in a room full of screaming people, and if we’re screaming about fewer things, it makes it easier to make our voices louder,
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