CBS sticks to tradition for premiere week

'Three Rivers' bows in October

Tradition-embracing CBS will debut nearly all of its new and returning series during the usual September premiere week.

Shows such as "Big Bang Theory" (Sept. 21), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (Sept. 22) and "The Mentalist" (Sept. 24) will debut during the same week most fall shows get underway.

The CBS fall premiere dates announced Wednesday also include the debut "Survivor" going Sept. 17, starting one week early, which has also become a tradition of sorts for the network. Medical drama "Three Rivers" will also debut outside premiere week, opening Oct. 4, to make room for a two-hour debut for "The Amazing Race" on Sept. 27.

CBS's 2009-2010 Premiere Dates:

Thursday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 pm "Survivor: Samoa" (19th Installment Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 21
8:00-8:30 pm "How I Met Your Mother" (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/19/05)
8:30-9:00 pm "Accidentally on Purpose" (Series Debut)
9:00-9:30 pm "Two and a Half Men" (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/03)
9:30-10:00 pm "The Big Bang Theory" (3rd Season Premiere, OAD 9/24/07)
10:00-11:00 pm "CSI: Miami" (8th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/02)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
8:00-9:00 pm "NCIS" (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/12/03)
9:00-10:00 pm "NCIS: Los Angeles" (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 pm "The Good Wife" (Series Debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 23
8:00-8:30 pm "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
(5th Season Premiere, OAD 3/13/06)
8:30-9:00 pm "Gary Unmarried" (2nd Season Premiere, OAD 9/14/08)
9:00-10:00 pm "Criminal Minds" (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/05)
10:00-11:00 pm "CSI: NY" (6th Season Premiere, OAD 9/22/04)

Thursday, Sept. 24
9:00-10:00 pm "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10th Season Premiere, OAD 10/6/00)
10:00-11:00 pm "The Mentalist" (2nd Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/08)

Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 pm "Ghost Whisperer" (5th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/05)
9:00-10:00 pm "Medium" (Network Debut, OAD 1/23/05)
10:00-11:00 pm "Numb3rs" (6th Season Premiere, OAD 1/21/05)

Saturday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00 pm Crimetime Saturday
9:00-10:00 pm Crimetime Saturday
10:00-11:00 pm "48 Hours Mystery" (Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 27
7:00-8:00 pm "60 Minutes" (42nd Season Premiere)
8:00-10:00 pm "The Amazing Race" (15th Edition Premiere)
10:00-11:00 pm "Cold Case" (7th Season Premiere, OAD 9/23/03)

Sunday, Oct. 4
9:00-10:00 pm "Three Rivers" (Series Debut)
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