ABC’s Fall Schedule Makes Minor Tweaks, Focuses on New Drama

Minor shuffles and three notable additions dot the schedule.
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Cast of 'The Conners'

ABC released its new fall schedule on Tuesday morning, the first of its making since Karey Burke took over took over ABC Entertainment and Fox alums Dana Walden and Peter Rice were installed at top posts at the broader Disney portfolio.

Looking across the weekly lineup, what changes viewers will see are minor. Both two-hour comedy blocks remain intact, as does the one-hour block on Fridays, and legacy series continue to anchor some of the time slots they’ve been in for years. The lack of big changes shows a confidence in the returning roster — 19 of the 23 programs coming up at the top of the 2019-20 schedule.

But the additions, particularly the dramas Emergence and Stumptown, are clearly there to help the network climb out of the No. 4 spot in the key demo, a ranking it has held for two seasons now. The additions also part of a plan to rebuild the network’s once-dominant rapport with female viewers.

To that end, Monday is the only night without any changes at all. Dancing With the Stars will once again lead into The Good Doctor, which is still an exceptionally strong performer in its second season.

Tuesday brings the biggest changes to comedy, with The Conners and Black-ish helping bridge the night with the relatively untested newcomer Bless This Mess and the Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish airing in between. The new drama Emergence will get the 10 p.m. slot.

Wednesday, again, will see only minor tweaks, with The Goldbergs aiding the successful spinoff Schooled and Modern Family again airing alongside Single Parents. The Cobie Smulders procedural Stumptown gets the 10 p.m. time slot that worked so well for Million Little Things — while that series pivots to Thursdays, breaking up the all Shonda Rhimes-produced TGIT block, airing between Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder.

Fridays sees Fresh Off the Boat moving to 8:30, while American Housewife will now open the night. 20/20 will extend to a full two-hour telecast.

As for Sundays, ABC’s long-troubled night will see The Rookie shift to the 10 p.m. hour. It will follow an alternative lineup of America’s Funniest Home Videos, a new iteration of Kids Say the Darndest Things, starring comedy phenom Tiffany Haddish, and Shark Tank.

ABC's 2019 Fall Schedule

Monday
8–10 p.m. ET/PT — Dancing With the Stars
10–11 p.m. — The Good Doctor

Tuesday
8–8:30 p.m. — The Conners
8:30–9 p.m. — Bless This Mess
9–9:30 p.m. — Mixed-ish
9:30–10 p.m. — Black-ish
10–11 p.m. — Emergence

Wednesday
8–8:30 p.m. — The Goldbergs
8:30–9 p.m. — Schooled
9–9:30 p.m. — Modern Family
9:30–10 p.m. — Single Parents
10–11 p.m. — Stumptown

Thursday
8–9 p.m. — Grey's Anatomy
9–10 p.m. — A Million Little Things
10–11 p.m — How to Get Away With Murder

Friday
8–8:30 p.m. — American Housewife
8:30–9 p.m. — Fresh off the Boat
9–11 p.m — 20/20

Saturday
8–11 p.m. — Saturday Night Football

Sunday
7–8 p.m. — America's Funniest Home Videos
8–9 p.m. — Kids Say the Darndest Things
9–10 p.m. — Shark Tank
10–11 p.m. — The Rookie

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