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CBS Fall Schedule 2016

CBS' Fall Schedule: NCIS: LA on Move, Michael Weatherly's Bull Paired With NCIS, Limitless Still In Limbo

CBS on Wednesday revealed its primetime schedule for the 2016-17 TV season, following similar announcements from NBC, Fox and ABC. The major headlines: The network is bringing comedy back to Monday nights; Michael Weatherly’s new drama Bull will be paired with his former series NCIS on Tuesdays; NCIS: LA will shift to Sundays-at-8; and Joel McHale’s new sitcom The Great Indoors has landed the coveted post-Big Bang Theory slot on Thursday’s (after football).

MacGyver, meanwhile, replaces The Amazing Race on Fridays-at 8, with the venerable reality series returning at midseason in a TBD slot.

Also on deck for midseason: Returning shows Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and Undercover Boss, and new series Training Day and Doubt.

Regarding the fate of Limitless, new CBS prez Glenn Geller told reporters Wednesday morning, “Right now, we’re in discussions with other potential buyers” for the series.

All told, the CBS schedule looks like this; new shows are in CAPS, click for details.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory
9 pm 2 Broke Girls
9: 30 The Odd Couple
10 pm Scorpion

MONDAY (after Thursday Night Football concludes in late October)
8 pm Kevin Can Wait
9 pm 2 Broke Girls
9: 30 The Odd Couple
10 pm Scorpion

8 pm NCIS
10 pm NCIS: New Orleans

8 pm Survivor
9 pm Criminal Minds
10 pm Code Black

8 pm Thursday Night Football

THURSDAY (after football concludes)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
9 pm Mom
9:30 Life in Pieces

9 pm Hawaii Five-0
10 pm Blue Bloods

8 pm Crimetime Saturday (drama series encores)
9 pm Crimetime Saturday (drama series encores)
10 pm 48 Hours

7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm NCIS: LA
9 pm Madam Secretary
10 pm Elementary

NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Angel From Hell, CSI: Cyber, Extant, The Good Wife, Mike & Molly, Rush Hour, Under the Dome and the CW-bound Supergirl.

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  1. NatesMama says:

    What about Limitless?

    • Rster says:

      It says in the article that they are in discussions with other potential buyers for Limitless.

      • fiberlicious says:

        Which means that CBS is cancelling it. NOT HAPPY.

        • ronlake28 says:

          if it goes to another network what difference should that make; unless it goes to cable and you do not have access.

          • What’s likely to happen is that a month later we find out nobody else is interested and it’s cancelled. But I’m sure there’s channels that would be happy for the viewership it brings.

          • chris says:

            Or you can just download the episodes at or before midnight on torrents….

        • KT says:

          Yeah, I’m kind of hating CBS right now. It’s such a good show. I don’t spend much time thinking about hell, but man. There has to be a special place there for network executives who enjoy torturing viewers.

      • JG says:

        NBC could use a hit show. Even better. USA Network would love to have it.
        Please. Not on Netflix or Amazon. I want a real full season not ten episodes.
        CBS should hold onto it when the Macgyver reboot cr*** out.

        • JC says:

          Why do people keep insisting that a one season-and-canceled show will switch to another network? It’s not going to happen.

          • ronlake28 says:

            CBS is working hard to find it another home, at least it has a chance to be out there somewhere for its faithful to watch.

          • It does happen, although not that often. If it wasn’t for JAG switching from NBC to CBS, CBS probably wouldn’t have NCIS now. And there’s a lot more cable and digital services now than there use to be. It could wind up on CBS All-Access like they’re planning to do with Star Trek.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Updated with LIMITLESS status.

      • Alichat says:

        I’m really bummed to read that update. I like Limitless and was hoping we’d know something by now. It was a great mix of humor and intrigue. This sounds like a cancellation is coming. It seems CBS is offloading the only two shows I watched on their network…..Limitless and Supergirl.

        • Theresa says:

          Supergirl always had a home at the CW where it should have been from the beginning. I don’t care where Limitless ends up. Which other network it will be is fine by me as long as I get to see it next year.

  2. Bob says:

    RIP Limitless, hope CBS burns

  3. Laura says:

    What about Limitless?

  4. Guilherme says:

    Mom above Life in Pieces, yes! So hope that THE GREAT INDOORS goes well.

    • Yes, Thursday night after football season looks good, except I have little confidence that The Big Bang will improve after the past two disappointing seasons. Even the Silly-con Valley Hospital series deserves a couple of views to see what it’s all about–can they get Andy Daly to play one of the doctors? Also, Elementary and Football will be on my list. And the best thing–it appears that Code Black has been renewed–best hospital show since ER.

    • Steven Smith says:

      Life in pieces SUCKS!

  5. datdudemurphy says:

    NCIS LA on Sundays?….yikes

    • Murica! says:

      I hope it doesn’t get cancelled next year.

      • It could still last another four or five years. It is being used to anchor the night. I don’t think it ever did as well as CBS hoped it would, but it still gets good ratings. It has been going seven seasons so far and could make ten, so regardless it’s still successful. And with NOLA now well established, CBS can afford to loose one of it’s NCIS shows. But there isn’t one NCIS that won’t be affected next season; two are moving and the main one is loosing a major character.

    • Gary Wishart says:

      yeah not happy.. doesnt look rosey or are they just battling michaels bull against the mighty ncis

    • Ken says:

      NCIS- LA will never start on time if Golf & Football are on every Sunday with a 4P.M. Start!

    • Dmac says:

      It’s paired with two other good shows, it might be a pretty good move. Shows that are on Sunday have proven to be steady for networks.

      • Mary S says:

        Sundays are fine for networks that do NOT have sporting events in the afternoons. Sports ALWAYS runs overtime, Can’t Be Sensible programmers NEVER build in flex time to make up for it, so everything is set back and starts late, totally messing up the DVR. (I simply set it to record for an hour after each of the shows I want, to ensure that I get to see the endings)
        They put shows they are planning to dump in the last slot on Sunday evenings, expecting the ratings to fall and give them an excuse to cancel. They have done that for years.
        I don’t expect them to suddenly grow a brain this year….so, set your DVRs to cover the overtime delays and you’ll be fine.

    • G.R says:

      Yeah, that’s not a good indicator. Pretty much means it’s on its last leg, and it’s the NCIS I love the most. CBS is becoming like NBC and ABC.

    • Eric H says:

      If it had been placed at 10 PM, that would have been worrisome, But with it being at 8 PM, CBS still views it as a viable show. I’d feel sorry for Elementary being in CBS’ Sunday 10 PM deathslot, where just about every show that’s been there has gone off the air within a year.

  6. Lianne says:

    Was Limitless canceled?

  7. David says:

    What’s the fate of limitless??

    • Heba says:

      this is driving me insane. the only show left which also happens to be my favorite new show this season. it’s infuriating when shows like Quantico, Lucifer, etc, which are inferior in terms of quality and smart, non-clichéd writing, get second seasons. don’t get me wrong i watch the two, they’re entertaining enough but watching Limitless is just euphoric. it’s smart, witty, creative with great acting and excellent writing; to love the two leading characters and all supporting characters, even the one-episode guests, is evidence of that. i really hope that this delay means that there’s maybe some hope.

  8. Guilherme says:

    8:30 MAN WITH A PLAN
    9 pm 2 Broke Girls
    9: 30 The Odd Couple

    Surprise that 2 Broke Girls are between they, it would be Friends hour.

  9. Rob says:

    Is The Amazing Race being held for mid season?

  10. Len says:


  11. Bill Olson says:

    Where is Limitless?

  12. kosmo says:

    I guess this officially means limitless is cancelled :(

  13. LK says:

    That doesn’t leave much for midseason does it? Doubt and Beyond Borders and that’s it?

  14. Limitless isn’t on the schedule and not listed under “not returning next season”. Did it get the axe?

  15. Dan says:

    Where is my Amazing Race??

    • dan says:

      Mid-season. If they do two cycles then one could wind up next summer. If they’re only doing one cycle then that could be bad news for future renewal prospects.

  16. . (@yikes77) says:

    So they mention Amazing Race in the CBS release…and it’s not on the schedule. BAH!

    • Richard Greene says:

      I, for one am tired of all these so-called reality shows. Remove them and put something good on in their place.

  17. George H. says:

    Guess this pretty much confirms Limitless has been cancelled and that makes me sad.

  18. Ashley says:

    What about The Amazing Race?

  19. Lysh says:

    I don’t watch anything on CBS anymore. I’ll have to watch the trailers to see if anything tempts me though.

  20. Kahn says:

    Limitless was so creative. Loved the scenes where he was talking to himself and his alternate self or a version of any of the agents was talking back in his mind. Can’t understand why they would get rid of it. They kept Code Black and Limitless had far better numbers!

    • johnhelvete says:

      The two shows were actually pretty close. Limitless 1.34 (18-49) 7.049 million viewers. Code Black 1.27 (18-49) 7.114 million viewers. I dont understand the decision either especially since CBS owns Limitless while only co-owning Code Black, but the numbers were close.

      • Gospino says:

        You’re looking at only one aspect of viewership and ignoring all other aspects. The network’s confidence in a show, how much a show costs to produce, DVD sales (current or projected), international sales, and many other factors are also considered. Obviously if CBS felt that Limitless is s stronger show overall, it would have received the nod over Code Black.

        • herman1959 says:

          You’re right; because the ratings are pretty much equal, other considerations come into play. A medical show with multiple big name/serious actors is a better long term bet than a quirky, techy show. Plus, it’s CBS.

  21. Frank says:

    They should keep Limitless, and not even think of doing MacGyver. Never gonna work…

    • Deborah says:

      I would have thought MacGyver and Scorpion were essentially the same type of show … one problem solver in Macgyver and a team doing the same thing in Scorpion..

  22. Kelly Brennan says:

    What is going on with Limitless?

  23. cej says:


  24. SF says:


  25. Judiwb says:

    Yes what happened to Limitless?

  26. So … only one season of The Amazing Race next year?

  27. Chu C. says:

    Good luck with that new hour of comedy to kick off Monday primetime. Eesh

  28. Kevin K says:

    Amazing Race won’t be back until mid-season? Can’t believe CBS is bringing the two hour comedy block back on Mondays and bad move putting NCIS: LA to Sundays @ 8. CBS may be in big trouble and what happened to Limitless.

  29. Joe says:

    It’s nice to see th 2 hour comedy block back on Monday

  30. Amy Walker says:

    They won’t address Limitless? clearly fans care?? BOOOOOOOOOOO CBS!
    I <3 Brian Finch!

    • Biya says:

      They have addressed Limitless numerous times in the posts above.

      • Hb says:

        Dude. Time stamps. They are your friend. She wrote that before Matt updated the post to include limitless and before anyone had posted anything regarding it.

  31. peterwdawson says:

    No Amazing Race, no Limitless… I think those were literally the last two shows I was watching on CBS.

  32. Bella says:

    Why isn’t there something about Limitless? This is just cruel.

  33. Kerry Anne Sullivan says:

    Where’s Criminal Minds: Beyond Boarders??? That got renewed but it’s not on the schedule!!!

  34. Sean says:

    Wow CBS…No Limitless? I am officially out…Time to fire up the petitions…How much do you figure a dump truck full of Mike and Ikes cost?

  35. MzTeaze says:

    I guess I will be watching almost no shows on CBS for the first time in years.

  36. Larry says:

    CBS seems to have a pattern of dumping their low-rated dramas to either Friday and Sunday. A fair share of cancellations next season will no doubt come from those nights. It’s also not a good sign that a newbie like Macgyver gets put on Friday. I wish CBS had stuck with the original CSI -that show still had life in it for more seasons.

    And honestly, besides Supergirl, Limitless was my favorite new CBS show. I just don’t understand how CBS can have it in limbo. Anyhow, looking at the new schedule, I will be watching the network less. Outside of Macgyver, which will probably be cancelled, I just don’t have any must see among the new shows.

    • Kevin K says:

      You’ll have to wait until the trailers comes out for CBS’ new shows. Six in the Fall and two until mid-season (Training Day and Doubt).

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  38. Deborah says:

    With the loss of Supergirl and Limitless, it looks like the great experiment in to bringing in the youth is over. I wonder if Limitless is being considered for CBS All Access, along with Star Trek?

    • Kevin K says:

      Supergirl is moving to a new network – THE CW

      • Hb says:

        Her point still stands. Been watching The CW for years (since Gilmore Girls). CBS? JUST started watching it with Limitless and Supergirl. Zero interest in Scorpion, NCIS, etc.

        And now back to not watching CBS with the loss of Supergirl and Limitless.

  39. LadyAilith says:

    Quote from the article above: “Regarding the fate of Limitless, new CBS prez Glenn Geller told reporters Wednesday morning, “Right now, we’re in discussions with other potential buyers” for the series.”

  40. Mike says:

    Did you people even read the article? Limitless looking for a new buyer. They talk about it. If they don’t find a buyer for it yes it’s probably gone

    • Frank says:

      The information about limitless was added later. It wasn’t mentioned at first.

    • Gospino says:

      I wish when they edit articles, they would mark the edits clearly instead of just slipping them into the article as if they had been there all along. That would reduce confusion and be more straightforward.

    • Hb says:

      Time stamps are your friend. People commented before Matt changed the article.

      This often applies to TV Line’s articles. Literally ANY time you see people asking something that was addressed in the article, check the time stamps. Chances are they commented soon after article was published and editing occurred after all the questions were posted.

  41. Mike says:

    NCIS LA on Sunday night….. might not be a good move CBS.

    • Sarah says:

      It’s an odd match with Madam Secretary, would be a better match with Hawaii 5-0. I wish they had put Limitless in this slot, would have had a great lead-in from the 60 minutes/NFL crowd.

  42. Joey Padron says:

    Hope NCIS LA does well on Sunday nights. Smart move putting Michael’s new show with both NCIS shows. Hope Limitless finds good home for season 2!

  43. MGL says:

    I cannot believe CBS chose Code Black over Limitless. Code Black is terrible. The characters were not appealing. CBS just made a big mistake.

  44. Daphne says:

    Maybe I missed this somewhere else on the website, but does this mean “My Time/Your Time” wasn’t picked up? Or is it mid-season bound?

  45. Jackie says:

    Madam Secretary needs to follow 60 Minutes, not NCISLA. That’s a glaring mistake, IMO. Switch them; and, better yet, put it at 10 and move Elementary to 9.

  46. wilsonatmd says:

    Not totally shocked at TAR being held for midseason- it’s a show they can plug in somewhere when the schedule needs reshuffling (my guess? Pure Genius will be the first CBS hour-long to get canned), and it probably was only to go one more season in any case most likely..

  47. Paul says:

    I’m Confused The Schedule Lists NCIS LA as Sunday at 8:00 You State It Takes Over The Good Wife’s Slot. Which Is It?

    • Joe R says:

      Exactly my same question.

    • mary says:

      Yes, I looked to see if someone else spotted this. If anything MS fits better after
      60 minutes. NCIS LA after it. Being that they still have Elementary last, means they want LA to succeed on Sundays(such as the last show gets cut every now & then, because of overtime).

  48. Jojo B. says:

    You said in your first paragraph that NCIS LA will succeed The Good Wife on Sundays at 9pm but you list it on the schedule as Sundays at 8pm. Which is the real deal?

  49. Neemo says:

    g’bye CBS…no good wife, no amazing race, no limitless, only survivor for me. it was fun while it lasted.

  50. Rowens says:

    CBS you are killing your shows, I guess you are trying to get rid of Elementary and NCIS LA, sunday is the killer night. Quit moving things around…..Why can’t things just stay the same…

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      Why can’t things just stay the same? Because time moves on, and show get old and expensive and ratings go down. ‘The new.’ Broadcast television is about selling advertising spots – always selling ‘the new.’

      I noticed here on these posts that people have noticed that CBS uses Sunday nights and Friday nights to ‘dump’ old shows getting ready to die. That is true – Elementary is next, and NCIS:LA not far behind. NCIS: NO is right behind them. That’s the nature of the business, and CBS runs their network like a business – consistent, predictable, performance driven.

      CBS was number one in overall viewership last year – and the year before that, and… And I believe CBS was number one in the demo (thanks to Football and Super Bowl) this past season as well. Whatever they are doing, it seems to keep working.

      It’s just business.

    • Dysturbed says:

      Shows like Madam Secretary, Good Wife, and Blue Bloods have done well in “death slots” but overall, new shows have a better chance of potentially lasting for years when they initially debut on Monday-Thursday, just as Elementary and NCIS LA did. If those two shows had debuted on Sunday, you’d have possibly complained that they were being killed form the start….so what exactly is a winning situation/viable solution?

      Something has to air on Sunday nights and moving established shows (as in have been on for at least a few years already) to Sunday usually buys them at least an extra couple of years since lost ad revenue, due to lower ratings is made up through syndication money. That isn’t a luxury afforded to new shows. They move stuff around because as annoying as it is to viewers, it is the intelligent thing to do. Some of the specific moves over the years are questionable or don’t end up working, but they do happen for a reason.

      • mary says:

        Exactly! Friday/Sundays have faired well. Even when the last show gets cut sometimes because of football. Are they the best nights? No, but at least CBS tries to give them a chance. They cannot save all of the shows. But like was said, it’s a business.