CBS will kick off its fall season with a wallop here on News 19, WLTX, with likely ratings magnet NFL Thursday Night Football premiering Sept. 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the Baltimore Ravens.
The bulk of CBS premieres will occur during the traditional premiere week that begins Sept. 22, but the network will start a night earlier with the season openers of 60 Minutes, the new Madam Secretary and The Good Wife. Some premieres will occur a bit later due to the season finales of summer dramas Under the Dome (Sept. 22, 10 p.m.ET/PT) and Extant (Sept. 24, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
The Big Bang Theory, TV's top-rated comedy, will open the season on in a Monday time slot, premiering Sept. 22 with back-to-back episodes, before moving to Thursdays to anchor a two-hour comedy block starting Oct. 30.
"The addition of Thursday Night Football provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and scheduling opportunities to give our new and returning series the best possible launch," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement.
Premieres include (all times ET/PT).
Sun., Sept. 21: 60 Minutes, 7 p.m.; Madam Secretary, 8 p.m.; The Good Wife, 9 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 22: The Big Bang Theory (two episodes), 8 p.m.; Scorpion, 9 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 23: NCIS, 8 p.m.; NCIS: New Orleans, 9 p.m.; Person of Interest, 10 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 24: Survivor, 8 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26: The Amazing Race, 8 p.m.; Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m.; Blue Bloods, 10 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 27: 48 Hours, 10 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28: CSI, 10 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 29: Mom, 8:30 p.m.; NCIS: Los Angeles, 10 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 1: Criminal Minds, 9 p.m.; Stalker, 10 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 27: 2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 30: The Millers, 8:30 p.m.; Two and a Half Men, 9 p.m.; The McCarthys, 9:30 p.m., Elementary, 10 p.m.