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CBS Shifts 'Blue Bloods' to Wednesdays

New comedy "Mad Love," dramas "Chaos" and "Criminal Minds" spinoff round out network's midseason schedule.

Blue Bloods
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"Blue Bloods"

CBS will shift Tom Selleck drama Blue Bloods to the higher profile Wednesday at 10 p.m. time slot for four weeks in January and give new romantic comedy Mad Love the post-How I Met Your Mother slot beginning February.

The announcement comes as the network firms up its midseason schedule.

Blue Bloods, which is averaging more than 12 million viewers on Friday nights, will begin its tryout Jan. 19 displacing The Defenders, which will move to Fridays at 8 p.m. effective Feb. 4. Previously announced Live to Dance, with Paula Abdul will get the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot beginning Jan. 5.

The Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior will fill Blue Bloods slot after it concludes its four-week run.

Mad Love bows Monday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Rules of Engagement which currently airs on Mondays, will move to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 in the slot now occupied by $#*! My Dad Says, which would have completed its season order.

And new drama Chaos, about rogue CIA spies, will bow Friday April 1.

Below is CBS' midseason lineup:

Wednesdays, Effective Jan. 19
8:00-9:00 PM              LIVE TO DANCE
9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS (new time period)
Fridays, Effective Feb. 4
8:00-9:00 PM              THE DEFENDERS (new time period)
9:00-10:00 PM            CSI: NY
Fridays, Effective Feb. 11
8:00-9:00 PM              THE DEFENDERS
9:00-10:00 PM            CSI: NY
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS
Wednesday, Effective Feb. 16
8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND (Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM          CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR (Series Debut)

Monday, Effective Feb. 21
8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
8:30-9:00 PM              MAD LOVE (Series Debut)
9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN
9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY
10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0
Thursday, Effective Feb. 24
8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM              RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (new time period)
9:00-10:00 PM            CSI
10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST
Friday, Effective April 1
8:00-9:00 PM              CHAOS (Series Debut)
9:00-10:00 PM            CSI: NY
10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS