CBS Fall TV 2017-2018 Schedule: Find Out When ‘Big Bang,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ & More Debut

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CBS released its new schedule for Fall 2017 and it looks very much like the old one. But when you’re “America’s Most Watched” network, you don’t really have reasons to change. The marquee new title for the network is Young Sheldon, a The Big Bang Theory prequel series about Sheldon Cooper’s experiences growing up in Texas.

Despite the very similar schedule to last season, the network is surprisingly adding six new shows to the fall line-up. Three are sitcoms. In addition to Young Sheldon, there’s Me, Myself & I, which is a single-camera sitcom (meaning there’s a laugh track) starring Saturday Night Live‘s Bobby Moynihan. It centers on the big moments in a man’s life in the past, present and future. The third sitcom is 9JKL, which stars Mark Feurstein as a newly-single actor stuck living with his parents.

On the drama site, there’s three new hour-longs that CBS viewers should eat up. Criminal Minds‘ Shamar Moore stars in S.W.A.T., while Wisdom of the Crowd stars Jeremy Piven as a tech genius hoping to solve his daughter’s murder. The third is Seal Team, which is about the elite Navy SEALs team.

Here’s the breakdown of the schedule. All times in Eastern.


Monday

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Thanks to Thursday Night Football, CBS’ early fall schedule is constantly shifting. It could be costly for the three new sitcoms, all of which will eventually air on Mondays during different periods of the season. CBS’ 2017-2018 season will kick off with Big Bang of course, followed by Young Sheldon. It appears that Sheldon will be off the air between October 2 and November 2, but at least it will have Big Bang as a lead-in when it returns.

September 25 schedule
8 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m.: Young Sheldon (new show)
9 p.m.: Kevin Can Wait
9:30 p.m.: Me, Myself & I
10 p.m.: Scorpion

October 2 schedule
8 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m.: 9JKL (new show)
9 p.m.: Kevin Can Wait
9:30 p.m.: Me, Myself & I
10 p.m.: Scorpion

October 30 schedule
8 p.m.: Kevin Can Wait
8:30 p.m.: 9JKL (new show)
9 p.m.: Superior Donuts
9:30 p.m.: Me, Myself & I
10 p.m.: Scorpion

Tuesday

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It’s not broken, there’s no reason to tinker with it. CBS will stick with the same exact Tuesday schedule as this past season, with Michael Weatherly’s Bull between two NCIS shows.

8 p.m.: NCIS
9 p.m.: Bull
10 p.m.: NCIS: New Orleans

Wednesday

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The new Seal Team will debut between Survivor and Criminal Minds. The show stars David Borneaz, who just wrapped up work on Fox’s Bones. The pilot was directed by Chris Chulack, an Emmy winner for his work on ER and Police Story.

8 p.m.: Survivor
9 p.m.: Seal Team (new show)
10 p.m.: Criminal Minds

Thursday

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Again, Thursday Night Football forces CBS to do some maneuvering in the fall. On November 2, Big Bang will move to its familiar Thursday slot, with Young Sheldon in tow. S.W.A.T., based on the movie of the same name and starring Criminal Minds vet Shemar Moore, will also debut that night.

September 28 Schedule
Thursday Night Football

November 2 Schedule
8 p.m.: The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m.: Young Sheldon
9 p.m.: Mom
9:30 p.m.: Life in Pieces
10 p.m.: S.W.A.T. (new show)

Friday

Like Tuesdays, CBS is sticking with the same Friday schedule, which features two reboots. MacGyver earned a second season, while will start season eight! Blue Bloods, the police series with Donnie Walberg and Tom Selleck, will also start its eighth season in the fall.

8 p.m.: MacGyver
9 p.m.: Hawaii Five-0
10 p.m.: Blue Bloods

Sunday

Sundays are another night that often changes thanks to football. A longer 4:30 game can often ruin the schedule and screw up DVRs. After 60 Minutes, CBS will launch Wisdom of the Crowd, which features Jeremy Piven as tech genius hoping to use a new app to solve his daughter’s murder. Richard T. Jones plays a detective who helps find the killer.

7 p.m.: 60 Minutes
8 p.m.: Wisdom of the Crowd (new show)
9 p.m.: NCIS: Los Angeles
10 p.m.: Madam Secretary

Midseason

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CBS is holding back two new shows. By The Book stars Jay R. Ferguson as a modern man who tries to live his life by the rules in the Bible. Alan Cumming stars in Instinct as a former CIA operative asked to help the NYPD find a serial killer.