CBS Announces Its Fall 2013 Premiere Dates, Crams 'Em All In to One Week (Almost)

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The official start of summer is less than a week away, but CBS is already over it! The network became the first major broadcaster to announce its fall premiere dates today, unsurprisingly choosing the third week of September to launch the bulk of its shows. In fact, all of CBS's fall shows, with the exception of Survivor, will launch almost within a week of each other starting on Monday, September 23. New series We Are Men wraps up CBS's premiere-week-and-a-day on Monday, September 30.

This is counter to what other networks have done in recent years. In 2012, NBC, Fox, ABC, and The CW all let their premieres trickle well into October, probably to avoid the condensed mad rush of new shows and returning favorites. As the market leader, CBS (which led all networks in ratings and total viewers in the 2012-2013 season) apparently feels brave enough to stick to tradition and let the other networks scramble up their schedules.

The only shows getting special premiere treatment are Survivor, which launches a week early (on September 18) with a 90-minute episode, and How I Met Your Mother, which kicks off its final season with a one-hour episode. The hour-long HIMYM debut is what's bumping the premiere of We Are Men back a week. Everything else is as straightforward as can be. And just for the heck of it, CBS has announced that midseason series Intelligence will debut on February 24 after Hostages ends its run.


CBS's 2013-2014 Fall Premiere Dates:
(New shows in bold and ALL CAPS)

Wednesday, Sept. 18
8-9:30pm – Survivor (Season 27 premiere)


Sunday, Sept. 22
8-11pm Eastern/ 5-8pm Pacific – The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards (Live)


Monday, Sept. 23
8-9pm – How I Met Your Mother (Season 9 premiere)
9-9:30pm – 2 Broke Girls (Season 3 premiere)
9:30-10pm – MOM (Series premiere)
10-11pm – HOSTAGES (Series premiere)


Tuesday, Sept. 24
8-9pm – NCIS (Season 11 premiere)
9-10pm – NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 5 premiere)
10-11pm – Person of Interest (Season 3 premiere)


Wednesday, Sept. 25
9-10pm – Criminal Minds (Season 9 premiere)
10-11pm – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Season 14 premiere)


Thursday, Sept. 26
8-8:30pm – The Big Bang Theory (Season 7 premiere)
8:30-9pm – THE MILLERS (Series premiere)
9-9:30pm – THE CRAZY ONES (Series premiere)
9:30-10pm – Two and a Half Men (Season 11 premiere)
10-11pm – Elementary (Season 2 premiere)


Friday, Sept. 27
8-9pm – Undercover Boss (Season 5 premiere)
9-10pm – Hawaii-Five 0 (Season 4 premiere)
10-11pm – Blue Bloods (Season 4 premiere)


Saturday, Sept. 28
10-11pm – 48 Hours (Season 26 premiere)


Sunday, Sept. 29
7-8pm – 60 Minutes (Season 46 premiere)
8-9pm – The Amazing Race (Season 23 premiere)
9-10pm – The Good Wife (Season 5 premiere)
10-11pm – The Mentalist (Season 6 premiere)


Monday, Sept. 30
8:30-9pm – WE ARE MEN (Series premiere)


AND ONE MIDSEASON DATE FOR GOOD MEASURE


Monday, Feb. 24

10-11pm – INTELLIGENCE (Series premiere)


Note: CBS hasn't yet decided when it will be airing Mike & Molly, even though the show has a full 22-episode order. That's why it's not on this list.


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