ABC Announces Fall 2010 Series Premiere Dates

Posted on 08 July 2010 by Robert Seidman

via press release:


ABC announced the following Fall premiere dates for the 2010-2011 season today. All times listed are ET.

Premiere dates for Fall series “Body of Proof” and “Secret Millionaire” will be announced at a later time. As previously announced, Saturday Night Football premieres Saturday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Monday, September 20

8:00-10:00 p.m.           “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Castle”

Tuesday, September 21

8:00-10:00 p.m.           “Dancing with the Stars” (special performance show night and time)

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Detroit 1-8-7”

Wednesday, September 22

8:00-8:30 p.m.             “The Middle”

8:30-9:00 p.m.             “Better With You” (formerly titled “Better Together”)

9:00-9:30 p.m.             “Modern Family”

9:30-10:00 p.m.           “Cougar Town”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “The Whole Truth”

Thursday, September 23

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “My Generation”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Grey’s Anatomy”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Private Practice”

Friday, September 24

10:00 p.m.                   20/20

Sunday, September 26

7:00-8:00 p.m.             “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Desperate Housewives”

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Brothers & Sisters”

Tuesday, September 28

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “No Ordinary Family”

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Dancing with the Stars The Results Show”

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  • Isn't the boy's superpower "doing schoolwork better" and the wife's superpower "doing housework fast"?
  • Holly
    But a better move would have been to schedule DWTS repeats for that slot (I still don't know why ABC is being so protective about a result show that people usually tune into 5 minutes before the end) and NOF for 9. It's a horrible schedule altogether on ABC this year.

    The problem is that ABC seemed to approach this schedule as "let's fill the holes" rather than working to create a coherent schedule.
  • SJ
    I think NOF will even come third in its timeslot; Biggest Loser is pretty weak in that first hour, it usually gets about 2.8 if I recall correctly. But a better move would have been to schedule DWTS repeats for that slot (I still don't know why ABC is being so protective about a result show that people usually tune into 5 minutes before the end) and NOF for 9. It's a horrible schedule altogether on ABC this year.
  • Ryan47
    Oh, absolutely understood. But unlike Shark Tank and other shows that have filled "death slots", NOF isn't crap. ;-) No denying the battle it has ahead, but I give it a better chance than most other shows if it can just lure enough of its target audience away from Glee.

    I still think they should have paired it with Castle somehow. Their target audiences are very similar, I think.
  • Jon
    It's definitely got an uphill battle with so much strong competition. The difference with Castle was that it had a great lead-in from DTWS for most of it's run. NOF is starting off the night with nothing established to help it kick-off.

    It's taking the place of Shark Tank from last fall, which could only muster about a 1.4 against the competition. And it had the luxury of being low cost reality.
  • Ryan47
    Come on Sept. 20th!

    Not sure why everyone is down on NOF already. I know going against Glee is rough, but I think that show could be a slow-rising hit like Castle. The pilot was great. If they can keep that going, I think it's got a chance.
  • Yes i should have been more specific... teen girls... being a pretty target bubble since the "Disney reign"... regardless, I stand by my opinion... I truly don't see the longevity in the show...unless they do some revamp...over-hyped imo...3 seasons max...

    If ppl start to tire of Glee, ABC's "NOF" is in a good spot... it will have very little competition, because shows like Glee scare networks out of the timeslot...if ppl start looking for a new show, NOF could be it.
  • Jared_S
    I guess the only thing I'm watching on ABC this year is college football and V, whenever that comes on, probably next summer...
  • Jon
    How exactly did PLL win against Glee? Unless you're counting female teens? Glee was quadruple PLL in total viewers and the 18-49 demo.
  • SJ
    I believe it's going to be a winter filler for when DWTS is off the air. Expect it in early December in the DWTS Results slot.
  • Honestly y'all... I dunno if Glee's gonna cut it season 2... there's barely any substance to the show... Maybe ABC is banking on the fact that Glee is only trend and karaoke? Pretty Little Liars premiered head to head w/ Glee's season finale... PLL won a strong demographic typically retained by Glee... proof of a fickle demographic that tires easily? I don't think Glee's #'s be the same as S1... "No Ordinary Familly" might stand a chance.
  • So whend oes V start?
  • Jon
    Going up against Glee, NCIS and Biggest Loser isn't a good sign at all.
  • "No Ordinary Family" looks decent, and I'll give it a chance. But going up against Glee? It's getting recorded.
  • forg
    Looking forward to Better With You and No Ordinary Family. Good luck on The Middle starting the night I hope it keeps it's 2.5 rating or at least don't fall below 2.0
  • Tommy
    I have to say this is the first season that none of ABC's new shows interest me. It's a shame too because I watch a lot of ABC's programming. My Generation looks absolutely horrible, and will probably pick up where FlashForward left off when it comes to hurting Grey's ratings. ABC had a chance to shake things up the way CBS did, but with what came out of development I can understand why they decided to protected their returning shows. ABC needs a new person in charge of developing new series, because they have green lit some real crap over the years.
  • rob60990
    I agree, I think that could be the thing that kills Better With You. Otherwise, it doesnt seem like a bad show but this dumb scheduling can come back to bite ABC in the ass.

    And Ive heard great things about No Ordinary Family though its not for everyone. Not something I would watch though but it could find a loyal audience out there.
  • Mega64
    I'm surprised how little risk ABC took this year. They should be trying something new since DH and GA are losing viewers. The Wednesday night comedy block last year was a great move, but it's almost like they're playing it safe this season, and they'll be hurting because of it.
  • ABCHasProblems
    Does anyone think that Better With You, the only multi-cam sitcom in the comedy block, has a chance of succeeding? Single-cam and multi-cam comedies have never worked well together, unless both shows have established an audience. We saw this recently in 2008 with Worst Week on CBS leading out of Two and a Half Men. This fall on ABC, we have a quirky dysfunctional family comedy (The Middle) that will serve as the lead-in to a traditional relationship comedy (Better With You). They don't sound like compatible series, do they? Unless BWY manages to bring us something new to the sitcom table, it will most likely fail. I have a feeling that Happy Endings will replace Better With You as soon as November.
  • yankeesrj12
    Better with You?
  • Well ive seen all of them except Off The Map and i don't know what your referring to.No Ordinary Family, in particular was a blast!
  • RiffRafferty
    Misfire - Mr. Sunshine (I wanted to like it, but it has no chemistry)

    Trainwrecks - Detroit 187 (though they're now changing the whole thing, so who knows what going to hit the air), No Ordinary Family (yikes), Body of Proof

    Have a copy of "Happy Endings" - have not watched yet. Have not been able to get my hands on their new Wednesday comedy, "Whatever We're Calling It This Week," but it's a multi-cam/Warner Bros. sitcom on ABC, so what's the point of even bothering.
  • DrusillaRain
    Gotta agree I find nothing exciting about this network. I watch a lot of shows and the only thing I watch on ABC is Castle. I used to watch Grey's, Private Practice, and Brothers & Sisters but gave up on them all from boredom. I'm not tempted to watch any of their new shows this year.
  • 'It's going to be interesting to see how NBC messes up this great chance to leave ABC in the dust."

    While we'll have plenty of time to comment on this in early September, I'm certain ABC will be stuck in fourth during the entire fall.

    Last fall, with 5 hours of Leno, NBC trailed ABC by only a tenth of a ratings point in adults 18-49 at the end of December 2.7 vs. 2.8.

    Unless Sunday Night Football has an historically bad run of games, NBC is almost certain to show at least *relative* ratings improvement vs. the competition. And relative improvement vs. ABC should put them ahead.
  • SJ
    B&S premieres on my 21st birthday! Maybe I'll have a glass of wine to celebrate in true Walker style. :D I mean, sure, the show's a sinking ship, but the premiere has gotta be at least a little reminiscent of happier times.

    So I guess this means Body of Proof premieres October 1 then. And no two-hour premiere for any show, boo!
  • Let me guess.
    1 misfire: My Generation
    3 trainwrecks: No Ordinary Family, Detroit 187, Better with You

    It's going to be interesting to see how NBC messes up this great chance to leave ABC in the dust.
  • cimmer
    That's an interesting Wednesday line up. I think No Ordinary Family is where it's at in expectations that V be after it once DwtS is over. I wouldn't want V as a lead in to No Ordinary Family, better the other way and if NOF does well, it may help V.
  • SVUnCI
    "Grey's" had a 2hr season finale, and I still think that the second hour should have been saved until the season premiere. It would have made more sense, everybody would have been hyped up for the premiere and might have had bigger numbers than the finale did.
  • RiffRafferty
    I see ABC keeps up their annual tradition of delaying their new Friday shows until a few weeks into the season... so viewers can get acclimated to watching the other networks' new Friday programming instead. Remind me again why they're actually keeping their scheduling department on the payroll?

    Have now seen 4 of the Mickey Mouse House's new fall shows. 3 trainwrecks and 1 misfire. Don't worry, Shonda, you'll be "on the map" a lot sooner than March...
  • chef91
    only 1 hr premiere of grey's this time :(

    ABC the 4th place network.
  • DonJ1973
    Since Brothers and Sisters is only 18 episodes this season. I wonder if ABC is going to try to pad it out until May, which is pretty much impossible or end the season early and put something else after Housewives? Yeah I agree that No Ordinary Family is going to get hammered against NCIS and Glee.
  • CJ_Shizzle
    Kinda makes sense to do two 2-hour eps of DWTS, so they can premiere the Wednesday comedies all at once, and give the premiere of Detroit 1-8-7 a little boost. But yes, that Sunday lineup really needs a shake-up. The way I see it, football will tower over everything. The Amazing Race and maybe The Simpsons/Cleveland Show will beat EMHE. Family Guy and maybe UB will beat DH.

    I'll end it on a positive note by saying I'm looking forward to NOF and My Generation the most. Detroit 1-8-7, I'll record because of Parenthood, since it kinda reminds me of Southland a little. But I hope The Whole Truth bombs because it just sounds too bland and it could open up a 3rd hour of Wednesday comedy. ABC's never won that time slot, so whadda they got to lose?
  • Jon
    They might as well go on and list Castle as starting at 10:02.
  • RemusL
    No Ordinary Family should absolutely be at 9pm after the DWTS results show. ABC has quickly went from my favorite network to by least favorite network with its lame new shows (expect No Ordinary Family looks fun) and stupid, moronic sheduling.

    I mean, not changing anything on Sundays?? That line-up is going to CRUMBLE next season! It can't hold itself together any longer, it barely could this past season. ABC going down the dumpster and there's no one who can help them, especially 'cause they're not willing to help themselves, they just keeping shooting themselves in the foot.

    And this stupidity with No Ordinary Family being at 8 without any lead-in support against NCIS, while it could very easily get the DWTS lead-in if they swapped timeslots. Detroit 187 sounds like a crappy, boilerplate procedural with nothing new to offer, so it certainly doesn't deserve the DWTS lead-in. People only watch the same show over-and-over-again on CBS. Geez, ABC.
  • Not exactly a great schedule. I mean, NBC's schedule is definitely better
  • erty
    So it really will be "Cougar Town", huh? What a shame.
  • tchuu
  • rob60990
    I guess Body of Proof isnt premiering until October.

    Why did ABC change the name of Better Together to Better With You?
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