After posting my discussion of midseason shows earlier, I hopped over to the CBS Jericho boards in an attempt to figure out where fans of the show would rather be watching it. While there has been no confirmation of its renewal for a second season, a little bit of hypothetical optimism never hurt anyone. I had trouble finding a timeslot for the show in my head that would avoid strong competition and yet not be a complete dead zone, so I figure there’s no better people to refer to than the fans themselves. The following are the different options brought forward in that thread.
Wednesdays at 8pm
Pros: Kid Nation is likely to either end early or quickly, it’s the same as the old timeslot, early enough for families to watch.
Cons: Too early for people in Central Time Zone, competition with American Idol in the Spring, early hour limits producers in discussing and portraying certain issues.
Tuesdays at 10pm
Pros: Cane could possibly be canceled in the timeslot (CBS struggled to establish new dramas in it this year), late hour allows people to watch it live after work, decent lead-in with The Unit.
Cons: Families couldn’t watch it together, competition in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Boston Legal, Cane is perhaps CBS’ strongest drama prospect.
Sundays at 8pm
Pros: Viva Laughlin will be a tough sell for the network, it has a 60 Minutes lead-in, early for families.
Cons: The slot isn’t exactly big with young viewers, and it would be hard to crack into in the fall when NFL football airs on NBC. Also, it would have to deal with football overruns, which would make for wonky scheduling (A tough thing for a serial drama to overcome).
Fridays at 9pm
Pros: Moonlight could be axed early with poor performance, CBS is a consistent winner on Fridays with Ghost Whisperer and Numbers, established fanbase will follow show even onto a tough night, 9pm start time is a happy medium for families and other viewers.
Cons: Friday has limited viewership, and a 2nd season would struggle to gain much growth on the night when most are out and about.
There was some talk about Saturday Night (No new programming will air on Saturday Night for as long as we live, more than likely) and Monday (Comedy block is strong counter-programming) but I think the above four are the best options.
So, fans of Jericho, where do you think your show should be scheduled. Or, if you’re not a fan, where do you think a serial drama could find a safe haven on the 2007/2008 Schedule?