CBS Announces 2011-12 Premiere Dates

Person of Interest
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Who's In It: Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

What It's About: From J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, Person of Interest follows a former CIA agent (Caviezel), who is presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York. (One-hour drama)

When It Airs: Fall; Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

CBS will kick off the fall premieres with comedies "2 Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men" on Sept. 19.

CBS announced premiere dates for the 2011-12 season, with an official fall launch date of Sept. 19.

The network's first Monday evening of the fall will feature new comedy 2 Broke Girls, which gets a plum special series premiere spot behind Two and a Half Man. The latter is expected to get an early boost from new hire Ashton Kutcher, who is replacing Charlie Sheen.

While the network will roll out much of its programming the week of Sept 19, a new iteration of Survivor will air a week earlier and new entry How to Be a Gentleman and returning sitcom Mike & Molly will come a week later.

The Big Bang Theory will return Sept. 22 with back-to-back episodes, following the premiere of J.J. Abrams vehicle Person of Interest.

"Our playbook is pretty consistent: wherever and whenever possible, we use established successful series to introduce new shows," said Kelly Kahl, senior executive vp of CBS Primetime.  "We've also asked a couple of our strongest series to work overtime during premiere week in order to support the new series and bolster our performance."

The announcement comes a month after CBS clinched another season as the No. 1 network in total viewers and finished second behind Fox in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC (23rd edition premiere)

Monday, Sept. 19

8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (7th season premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (S)

9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (9th season premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM            2 BROKE GIRLS (series debut)  

10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0 (2nd season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 20

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS (9th season premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES (3rd season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          UNFORGETTABLE (series debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 21

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS (7th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (12th season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 22

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (5th season premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (S)

9:00-10:00 PM            PERSON OF INTEREST (series debut)

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (4th season premiere)

Friday, Sept. 23

8:00-9:00 PM              A GIFTED MAN (series debut)

9:00-10:00 PM            CSI: NY (8th season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS (2nd season premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 24

8:00-8:30 PM              RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (6th season premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM              COMEDYTIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY (season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25

7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES (44th season premiere)

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE (19th edition premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE (3rd season premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: MIAMI (10th season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 26

8:30-9:00 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (time period premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY (2nd season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 29

8:30-9:00 PM              HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (series debut)