Fall TV Preview
ABC Fall Schedule 2017

ABC Fall Schedule: Once Bumped to Friday, black-ish Shifts to Tuesday, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. M.I.A.

ABC is the third network, following NBC and Fox, to announce its schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, and the big news: Once Upon a Time is getting a brand new time slot to go with its major Season 7 reset.

The venerable fantasy drama will shift from Sundays-at-8 to Fridays-at-8, where it will lead into the new Marvel entry Inhumans.

Also on the move is Wednesday comedy staple black-ish, which will vacate its post-Modern Family perch to assume the Tuesday-at-9 anchor position. 

Other key takeaways from ABC’s sked: The buzzy David-Shore produced medical drama The Good Doctor, starring Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore, has landed the cushy post Dancing With the Stars slot on Mondays and the Jason Ritter-led Gospel of Kevin will replace Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesdays-at-10. S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, will take over the Fridays-at-9 time slot once Inhumans wraps its eight-episode run (and ABC confirms it has received a full 22-episode order.)

Also on tap for midseason is the just-renewed Quantico, the Roseanne revival as well as new series THE CROSSING, DECEPTION, FOR THE PEOPLE, SPLITTING UP TOGETHER, UNTITLED GREY’S ANATOMY SPINOFF and ALEX, INC.

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

8 pm Dancing With the Stars

8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm Fresh off the Boat (new timeslot)
9 pm black-ish (new timeslot)

8 pm The Goldbergs 
8:30 pm Speechless
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm American Housewife (new time slot)
10 pm Designated Survivor

8 pm Grey’s Anatomy
9 pm Scandal
10 pm How to Get Away With Murder

8 pm Once Upon a Time (new time slot)
10 pm 20/20

Saturday Night Football

7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm To Tell the Truth
9 pm Shark Tank (new timeslot)

NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Mistresses, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies and Time After Time

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  1. LK says:

    Terrible timeslot for Inhumans… they should have given it Shield’s slot.

    • I also feel it’s where SHIELD will slot once the 8 eps for Inhumans are done!

      • GregJ. says:

        I think ABC should go back to making movies for they’re Sunday night programming they were the best I still think of “Cinderella,” “Brown vs. the Board of Education” those were great movies and very educational. Just saying. Don’t know how I feel about “Black-ish” moving, I hope it’s a good one.

        • shir says:

          i see in the lineup that ABC is still having a problem with their Monday slot at 10pm.
          This will be an ongoing problem for some time because the audience they once had at that time-mainly Castle viewers for 8 years doesn’t bother with ABC any longer. ABC still continues to struggle because they lost a lot of fandom at that time. Feel bad for those who lost their fav programs however, I’m not surprised.

        • iHeart says:

          yeah I miss the good old days when ABC aired movies on sunday night. But I don’t really see Iger doing intros like Eisner did.

      • Mary T says:

        It is where Shield will slot after Inhumans has its run.

    • Percys Owner says:

      I think we’ve found our Blind Item of the show the network thinks sucks.

  2. Annie Sisk says:

    Fridays? Ouch.

  3. Lola says:

    I guess the Friday Once slot is the final nail in the proverbial coffin. I don’t like the Black-ish move.

  4. Ray says:

    Will Time After Time air its remaining episodes at any point?

  5. George says:

    No shield in fall?? And inhumans on Friday?! Man it must be bad. I’m guessing that’s the blind item answer from a couple weeks back about a really bad pilot.

  6. nikkiholly says:

    They’re launching Inhumans of Fridays at 9? After the big IMAX launch, that’s not a good sign.

  7. Rob says:

    Like NBC and Fox before them, ABC has delivered one of its most confounding schedules in recent history.

  8. Michelle says:

    Friday, where shows go to die.

    • ninergrl6 says:

      In many cases, yes, but some survive and even thrive on Fridays. Supernatural (which can make it any time slot apparently), Grimm, and Blue Bloods are Friday success stories that come to mind. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend survived it’s Friday slot this season too, though with very low ratings. Still, it got renewed!
      I’m bummed about Once’a move to Friday because I work many Friday nights and will rarely be able to watch it live.

  9. abz says:

    Yeah the move to Friday screams final season for OUAT. I loved the show, good and bad, and the twist with adult Henry intrigues, but maybe they really should have just ended things this season.
    I’m guessing Agents of SHIELD will probably move to midseason on Fridays after that new Marvel Inhumans show finishes its first season. Probably final season for it as well.

  10. I am disappointed that Agents of Shield will be bumped to mid season. Why not do Inhumans during their winter break that they usually take? And Once to Fridays? They must not be that into the seventh season re boot.

    • T.W.S.S. says:

      My guess is that AoS has been renewed for a shortened final season. Perhaps 12 episodes to get it to 100.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Or, read above. (22)

        • Tribal Mischief says:

          So Matt, does that mean we are likely looking at a consistent little to no break run for AoS once it starts or are they going to insert breaks so it runs straight into the summer?

          • Joey says:

            Assuming Inhumans runs uninterrupted, one hour episode per week, it wil, end Nov. 10, and SHIELD can begin the next week, and get out about four or five episodes, maybe even six if Inhumans has a two hour premiere, all before New Years. Hell, they could get more out if they keep airing Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas and New Years weekends. They don’t typically preempt Friday programming like they do their other days.

  11. Joel Maurice says:

    So are they rebranding to “White Wednesdays”. I still think they should have moved Fresh off the Boat after Goldbergs and then they could have had families of the 80’s 90’s and today.

  12. brandy says:

    Looks pretty obvious that Idol will go to Sundays.

  13. Nicole Walker says:

    Fridays @ 9PM are starting to get interesting. Taken, The Exorcist, and Inhumans.

  14. Martina says:

    So Once moving to friday evening is no good sign then? (seriously asking. I have no clue about american television times as I am german and I know some slots are considered “death slots”…)

    • KLS says:

      Fridays are considered low viewing nights, so actual numbers may seem disappointing. Usually Friday shows get more leeway because of this. ABC’s Friday doesn’t have much cohesion though. Once, Inhumans, 20/20 spans all demographic groups and the competition is heating up there.

    • LilAngel says:

      the ‘Friday death slot’ is so confusing for Europeans because here, Fridays and Saturdays are the most watched nights

      • KLS says:

        Opposite here in the states. Saturday is the worst night and is dominated by College Football and any kind of sports or repeats. Then there is Friday, which has low viewership, but original content. This used to be filled with shows in the burn-off category, but CBS changed that years ago. Then there is Sunday, dominated by cable and football (NFL) over runs. A Deadly place to be for broadcast, especially CBS @10. Elementary has been sacrifced at this spot, mainly because of it’s syndication deal and International viewership.

  15. Isaac John says:

    RIP OUAT. Why give it a seventh season when you’re just gonna put it in the ‘death slot’?

    • Mark says:

      I wonder if they went to the actors and said we are getting a seventh season its on a Friday at 8 are you in no wonder so many went no way….

    • Brennan says:

      Probably closure, they said it’s important to them and they’d give it a proper ending for the fans when the time came. That and apparently they’re making big bucks from Netflix for a seventh season (8 figures)

      • Chris says:

        Where did you hear there making 8 figures for a seventh season from Netflix ? That seems crazy high.

      • ninergrl6 says:

        If they wanted closure, the season 6 finale that aired two days ago certainly would have sufficed as a series finale.

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Death slot would be Saturday. Friday is the coma slot.

  16. Kevin Tran says:

    Scandal vs. This is Us (NBC) in the 9 pm Thursday night time slot is going to be very competitive. Bummed that both Agents of SHIELD and Quantico won’t be back until mid-season.

    • Cas says:

      As someone who loves both shows, and Scandal being in the final season next year, I hope TIU wins the slot.

    • Tony says:

      NBC is smart moving This is Us to Thursdays. It is going to break into ABC and CBS’s nomination of the night. Scandal is declining and people are getting board with it. Also the Scandal cast seems board with the material they have been given and they are phoning it in.

      • c-mo says:

        Not trying to be the grammar police or anything but I think you mean “bored”…although your last sentence made me chuckle because the Scandal cast does seem very wooden lately.

  17. KLS says:

    A new show on Tues @10? High-risk.

    • Jennifer says:

      God, I didn’t even think of that … that is THE death slot. Maybe this is the one to break the “curse”?

  18. Butch says:

    That Sunday schedule is awful. Only one scripted series and not until 10 PM? See you later ABC.

  19. Shib Neddeff says:

    Wow only 2 shows to watch on ABC , DWTS and the 10 Days in Valley,maybe look at Gospel of Kevin…ABC and ESPN dying a slow death

    • shir says:

      ABC has been dying a slow death for some time. They just don’t know it yet. When they changed head runners at ABC programming went downwards. They just don’t know it yet.

  20. eric7740 says:

    What happened to the Reba/Marc Cherry show???

    • Brett Heitkam says:

      Got cancelled. ABC cancelled a lot of sitcoms in order to make room for 3 nights of idol per week………

      • Jennifer says:

        God help us. Why are they bringing back that glorified karaoke contest? Let it die already!!!! Spend money on new shows, not ones that have lived long past their usefulness.

      • ninergrl6 says:

        Even in its heyday, Idol rarely aired 3 nights a week, and I don’t foresee ABC going that route.

  21. Tomm Huntre says:

    Shark Tank to SUNDAY???? WHYYYYYYYYYY?? Dumb.

    black-ish to Tuesday?? That works!

    Seems like their faith in AoS and INHUMANS isn’t so strong.

  22. Brandon says:

    Why did they move American Housewife? Frankie and Katie were a great match on Tuesdays back to back.

  23. Joey Padron says:

    Hope Inhumans does well on Friday nights. Smart putting The Good Doctor after Dancing With The Stars. Interesting Once Upon a Time will be on Fridays now. Sucks that Agents of Shield’s next season won’t premiere until next year. It’s gonna be a long wait for Season 5 of the show after season finale tonight.

  24. Mike says:

    people say that fridays are where show goes to die I beg differ look at hawai five 0 MacGyver Ble Bloods they survive hell even Supernatural and smallville survive Friday nights death slots

    • KLS says:

      Fridays are not as awful as they used to be. CBS proved that people will tune in especially in the Fall. Other networks are noticing and are scheduling against them, NBC especially. This night is getting very competitive.

    • Spence says:

      But notice, those shows are all on CBS and all cater to older audiences (as does the entire CBS network, generally speaking.) ~~Typically~~ older viewers will stay home on Friday nights, thus improving the ratings of any shows on Friday nights that can cater towards them. Whereas any show not directly targeted towards older demographics (i.e. the “coveted” 18-49 demo) being put on a Friday means it’s chances of being watched are slim, as ~~typically~~ most “young folks” aren’t staying in watching TV on Friday nights.

    • E. D. Boddy says:

      People like to parrot cliches and make themselves think they’re smart. Last Man Standing ran FIVE YEARS after moving to Fridays. Hawaii Five-0’s been there forever, and how many years did “Numb3rs” go?

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        +200 TVLine Power User points (no cash value)

      • KLS says:

        I miss Numb3rs

      • Brennan says:

        ABC itself though has a history of moving shows to Friday before cancelling them. Most only last a season, others are moved to Friday nights for what ends up being their last season when the previous season disappoints in the ratings. Case in point; 8 Simple Rules, Ugly Betty, Happy Endings, The Neighbors. And CBS having such a strong Friday night lineup is why it’s still considered the Friday night deathslot, because of the competition. Just like when ABC had the TGIF lineup, any show against it failed and that’s why it became known as the Friday night deathslot. Fun Fact*

        • SamofSherwood says:

          I guess if they only have Colin O’Donoghue guaranteed one more season (people like him) then they are winding down Once anyway.
          Anyone know if RC & LP only signed for one more when the renewed?

      • SamofSherwood says:

        I think you’ve just summed up the internet generally.

  25. Ha. Quantico got push to midseason.

  26. Brett Heitkam says:

    WHY are they even bothering renewing OUAT? Half the cast is leaving; what is the point of “resetting” everything if they are just going to get canceled after this season? Their ratings were already eroding…what is ABC thinking?

    • Daniel says:

      Half the cast isn’t leaving… they let them go. It was the networks choice for a creative reset. Ratings weren’t there with the current cast… so it was time to shake things up a bit.

      • Brennan says:

        Actually Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas decided to leave last year, and Jennifer Morrison was asked to renew her contract but she declined. Only Jared Gilmore, Emilie De Ravin and Rebecca Mader were let go because of the new creative direction. Jared Gilmore obviously because his character is now a grown man. So it’s half and half of being let go and deciding not to return.

  27. Lisa says:

    SHIELD deserves better. It seems like the network is not really into the show, not even advertising it enough. Season 5 will probably be its last, but given that the show has improved with every single season, it will probably also be its best. Mark my word, in a few years people will call it one of the hidden gems of all, not just genre, TV.

  28. TV Fanatic says:

    Figured Once was on the move with talks of Idol airing on Sundays and hope it will do well enough to stick around on Fridays. What I’m most curious about is Shield. Is the show’s episode count being cut for Season 5?

  29. fernando933 says:

    Why is Inhumans on fridays, not good. I understand Once. I like The rest of the line up

  30. SamofSherwood says:

    Being thoroughly ignorant of the significance of this, is that a bad move for Once, can someone elaborate please?

  31. Jerry says:

    So since there’s been no mention of it since season 2 ended last summer, is ABC done with BattleBots?

  32. Jessica Koret says:

    There was a pilot by Marc Cherry with Reba in it that sounded promising with her as a small town sheriff. That was not picked up?

  33. Teighlor says:

    ABC you’re so hateful..
    OUAT on Fridays?…
    “We aren’t going to cancel you but we are switching you to a night where you might as well kiss your show goodbye after this year”
    If ABC had been smart they would have brought back Disney movies every Sunday from 7-9 then moved OAUT to 9p.m…A family block from 7-10 that could have appealed to multi generations in one household.

    • Brett Heitkam says:

      ABC doesn’t seem to care about OUAT anymore. Which makes no sense. If done right, that show could have served them well for years. It was done in-house using their own established characters, and has garnered a large fan base. It’s like they are determined to let it go out with a whimper instead of a bang.

      • Brennan says:

        The fact that it got a seventh season shows they do care.. they renewed it because it does so well on Netflix, it still has a decent following, so many merchandising opportunities, and they had faith in the writers and their reset. And Seven years is more than anyone thought it would ever run. That’s a very good run. Plus this is a test of viewer loyalty, and moving it to a less competitive time slot is very generous and means less expectations.

        • SamofSherwood says:

          I wonder if this move helps Netflix, here it gets there Wednesday, if it goes on there say Monday, might mean people wait to watch it rather then illegally download.
          I know nothing about these things but you seem to, just a thought I had.

        • I never though about your last line/point that way,that’s a good point.

  34. Maggie says:

    Nothing to watch on this channel now.

  35. Cas says:

    Wow ABC. Inhumans on Friday? Do they just want their shows to fail?

  36. Brennan says:

    Was a 22 Episode season confirmed for Once Upon a Time? Only Hollywood Reporter was confirming that, no other website mentioned anything. I guess it starting in the fall, and no talk other wise is a good sign for a full season.

  37. Francine says:

    When is Curb your Enthusiasm coming back?

  38. Jennifer says:

    Can we say “The End” to Once Upon a Time? Let it rest. It was once a great show. But it has fallen so far. Maybe the reset will work, but … I’m not holding hope. I’m not Snow. And she’s gone now.

  39. Tony says:

    The move of American Housewife will stop me from watching Modern Family live. American Housewife is the worst comedy on ABC right now. Very bad move to keep that show.

    • Chris says:

      You must not have kids, bc it’s pretty darn funny and relatable for parents. Also, you won’t watch modern family live bc you don’t like the show after? What sense does that make?

  40. I wouldn’t be surprised if SHIELD returns by November once The Gospel of Kevin flops.

  41. GuessWhat says:

    More Match Game, please!

  42. Emily says:

    They should switch the Friday and Sunday schedules around. I like watching scripted tv on sunday nights. I love the days of desperate housewives and brothers and sisters. And then Revenge and Once upon a Time.

  43. T.W.S.S. says:

    Serinda Swan or no, there’s no way I’m buying an IMAX ticket for a show that’s been relegated to Fridays at 9. Fridays at 9?

  44. Someone says:

    Shark Tank on Sunday?! Friday was perfect for it! Once Upon A Time on Friday? They really should have announced it as the last season. And now I have 3 shows in the same timeslot for Friday, Once Upon A Time (kind of want to see adult Henry), Hell’s Kitchen, and Blindspot!

    • ninergrl6 says:

      See, Fridays are happening! I, too, watch a lot of shows that either started on Fridays or ended up there. It might be my busiest night of tv!

  45. Katherine215 says:

    Wow. I now watch one show on ABC (Shield) after several years of watching a ton of ABC shows. I’ll watch Inhumans, but other than that, ABC and I seem to be interested in very different things.

  46. Joe T says:

    They cancelled Last Man Standing for this?

  47. Chris says:

    So Once and SHIELD are being sentenced to death on Fridays. Once deserves it, SHIELD doesn’t.

  48. I’m surprised they moved SHIELD. It seemed to be very comfortable in the ABC death slot.

  49. Adam says:

    Terrible. Friday’s and Sunday’s are total disasters. I didn’t like LMS or Dr. Ken but they always tied or won ABC the demo. And nothing I was excited about was picked up. And The Gospel Of Kevin….first show of the season that will be cancelled.

  50. LT says:

    Stop with the bashing on Fridays…what do you expect networks to do just show color bars on Friday nights? C’mon people! Between DVRing, etc people will watch shows. People watch TV on Friday nights. The mocking of friday night programming is antiquated.

    • Zoe says:

      Thank you. Friday is a highly rated night for CBS. The shows on Friday have had higher demos then M-F shows. The only way to keep most drama shows alive on tv in today’s market is to have a lot of partners like Netflix.

    • Eric H says:

      Agreed. Not everybody goes out on Friday night and stops watching TV. CBS has found the right combination of shows to tap into that viewership. All it’d take for other networks to to do the same is put the same effort into Friday as they do other nights.

    • Ben says:

      I don’t get all the ‘death slot’ talk either. ABC just aired Last Man Standing there for six years. Blue Bloods has remained on on Fridays for years… Friday is a blessing for shows… they often survive with lower ratings.