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Young Sheldon, 9JKL land key CBS slots

Scripted-logo-460_29JKL-pilot110281_2144biUS broadcaster CBS has handed new comedies Young Sheldon, 9JKL and Me, Myself & I key slots on its upcoming 2017/18 grid.

CBS’s new-look line-up features four new comedies and four new dramas, with 23 series returning.

Buzzy single-came comedy Young Sheldon will launch on Monday, September 25 with lead in from its progenitor, The Big Bang Theory, before transferring to a Thursday night slot in November.

Family comedy 9JKL (pictured) has landed the regular post­-Big Bang slot on Mondays.

Me, Myself & I, which examines one man’s life over 50 years, has also nabbed a hot slot, following on from the multicam Kevin Can Wait, which was the top performing new comedy in the US last year.

On the drama front, CBS has handed action drama SEAL Team a Wednesday evening berth, while elite police team series S.W.A.T. takes a Thursday 10pm slot.

Returning series include the Michael Weatherly vehicle Bull and Macgyver, and Kevin Can Wait and Superior Donuts on the comedy side, while major cancellations include 2 Broke Girls, Ransom and Training Day.

Six of CBS’s nine new series are produced in-house, as vertical integration and rights ownership continues to become more important for broadcasters.

CBS Corp CEO and chairman Les Moonves yesterday told journalists at the CBS upfront that, “for the first time, less than 50% of our revenue is advertising,” Moonves announced to a small room of press at his annual upfronts breakfast.

“About five years ago, it was somewhere in the 70% range. The back end is now worth more than the front end.”

 

MONDAY

8pm-8.30pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm-9pm 9JKL
9pm-9:30pm Kevin Can Wait
9:30pm-10pm Me, Myself & I
10pm-11pm Scorpion

TUESDAY

8pm-9pm NCIS
9pm-10pm Bull
10pm-11pm NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY

8pm-9pm Survivor
9pm-10pm SEAL Team
10pm-11pm Criminal Minds

THURSDAY (from Nov 2)

8pm-8.30pm The Big Bang Theory
8.30pm-9pm Young Sheldon
9pm-9:30pm Mom
9:30pm-10pm Life in Pieces
10pm-11pm PM S.W.A.T.

FRIDAY

8pm-9pm Macgyver
9pm-10pm Hawaii 5-0
10pm-11pm Blue Bloods

 

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