CBS Staggers Fall Premieres Over 7 Weeks, JonBenet Ramsey Mini Bows Against Emmys

Six-parter 'Case Closed' debuts on a difficult night, while many comedies hold until after 'Thursday Night Football.'
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'The Big Bang Theory'

CBS will have at least one premiere every week for most of the fall. The network on Tuesday announced its rollout, and there's something new from Sept. 15 through Oct. 27.

CBS can again thank Thursday Night Football, this year split with both the NFL Network and NBC, for the extended launchpad. Its first telecast of primetime NFL is on Sept. 15, with "docu-thriller" Case Closed launching three nights later. The six-part look into the JonBenet Ramsey murder will have some extreme competition, however, with the network scheduling the first part against NBC's Sunday Night Football and ABC's telecast of the 2016 Emmy Awards.

Premiere week includes more of Case Closed, the return of The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods. On the new series front, Kevin Can Wait (Sept. 19), Bull (Sept. 20) and MacGyver (Sept. 23) also join the schedule that week. It's an early launch for MacGyver, the only new series of the fall that's reshooting its pilot episode (Furious 7 helmer James Wan recently signed on to direct the retooled project, which is switching up much of the cast).

The Sunday block returns after the Sept. 25 conclusion of Case Closed, with the new lineup of NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary and Elementary joining the schedule on Oct. 2.

Thursday returns its normal, comedy-heavy block after the conclusion of Thursday Night Football. Big Bang Theory shifts into its anchor slot on Oct. 27, with The Great Indoors, Mom, Life in Pieces and Pure Genius all joining the schedule that night.

NBC, Fox and The CW previously announced premiere dates. Read the complete rundown of CBS dates below.

Thursday, Sept. 15
7:30 p.m.                     Thursday Night Football Pre-Game Show
8:25 p.m.                     Thursday Night Football (New York Jets at Buffalo Bills)

Sunday, Sept. 18
8:30-10:30 p.m.           Case Closed (limited series, part 1)

Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory (season 10 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait (series debut)
9:00-11:00 p.m.           Case Closed (part 2)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 p.m.             NCIS (season 14 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.           Bull (series debut)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         NCIS: New Orleans (season 3 premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:00-9:30 p.m.             Survivor (90-minute season 33 premiere)
9:30-11:00 p.m.           Big Brother (90-minute season finale)

Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 p.m.             MacGyver (series debut)
9:00-10:00 p.m.           Hawaii Five-0 (season 7 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Blue Bloods (season 7 premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 24
10:00-11:00 p.m.         48 Hours (season 29 premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25
7:30-8:30 p.m.             60 Minutes (season 49 premiere)
8:30-10:30 p.m.           Case Closed (part 3)

Monday, Sept. 26
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait
9:00-11:00 p.m.           Presidential Debate

Wednesday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 p.m.             Survivor (regular time period)
9:00-10:00 p.m.           Criminal Minds (season 12 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Code Black (season 2 premiere)

Sunday, Oct. 2
8:00-9:00 p.m.             NCIS: Los Angeles (season 8 premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m.           Madam Secretary (season 3 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Elementary (season 5 premiere)

Monday, Oct. 3
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait
9:00-11:00 p.m.           Scorpion (two-hour season 3 premiere)

Monday, Oct. 10
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait
9:00-10:00 p.m.           2 Broke Girls (one-hour season 6 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Scorpion (regular time period)

Monday, Oct. 17
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait
9:00-9:30 p.m.             2 Broke Girls (regular time period)
9:30-10:00 p.m.           The Odd Couple (season 3 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Scorpion

Monday, Oct. 24
8:00-8:30 p.m.             Kevin Can Wait (new time period)
8:30-9:00 p.m.             Man With a Plan (series debut)
9:00-9:30 p.m.             2 Broke Girls
9:30-10:00 p.m.           The Odd Couple
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Scorpion

Thursday, Oct. 27
8:00-8:30 p.m.             The Big Bang Theory (regular time period)
8:30-9:00 p.m.             The Great Indoors (series debut)
9:00-9:30 p.m.             Mom (season 4 premiere)
9:30 -10:00 p.m.          Life in Pieces (season 2 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m.         Pure Genius (series debut)

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