Fall TV's Biggest Time Slot Battles: Comedies, Dramas & Reality Face Off
While premiere dates are still very much up unknown at this point—and therefore we don't know which shows will actually be airing new episodes opposite one another—the networks have released schedules for "fall" 2020.
Fans of reality shows and dramas especially are going to have some tough choices to make throughout the week, even with Fox and the CW leaning heavily into acquisitions versus their own original programming.
Below, we break down some of the biggest time slot battles TV viewers could be facing when it comes to what to watch live next season.
The Voice vs. Dancing With the Stars
Starting at 8 p.m., two reality competition shows—NBC's singing and ABC's dancing—will face off for two hours. Will you tune in to see Gwen Stefani's return as a coach or The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe compete on DWTS?
NCIS vs. The Voice vs. The Bachelorette
NCIS always does well at 8 p.m., and it does have a longstanding audience as it enters its 18th season. Will The Bachelorette's postponed season with Clare Crawley pull anyone away from the CBS drama or the second night of The Voice?
FBI vs. Filthy Rich vs. This Is Us
This Is Us is guaranteed to bring people back for more, because who doesn't love the Pearsons? But there's another family joining the 9 p.m. hour on Fox's new series Filthy Rich. Or will one of Dick Wolf's shows come out on top?
FBI: Most Wanted vs. New Amsterdam vs. Big Sky
To close out the night at 10 p.m., the established medical drama on NBC goes up against one of the newer Wolf offerings on CBS. But it could be David E. Kelley's new thriller, Big Sky, that draws people in as one of the few new shows joining the fall lineup.
Survivor vs. The Masked Singer vs. Chicago Med
A One Chicago offering is always likely to keep people tuning in, especially if there's a crossover happening. But people also love watching and guessing which celebrities are competing in a season of The Masked Singer. And there's always the possibility that people want to see what's happening over on Survivor and what may be different as a result of real-world events and safety protocols. Or could Patrick Dempsey back on U.S. television in the CW's acquired Devils be of interest to some at 8 p.m.?
Amazing Race vs. Chicago Fire vs. The Conners
Young Sheldon vs. Superstore vs. Station 19 vs. Supernatural
The good news is, there's something on at 8 p.m. for fans of pretty much every genre. The bad news is there's quite a bit to watch. If you're looking for comedy, CBS and NBC have you covered. If you're more of a procedural, first-responder kind of person, look to ABC's Grey's spinoff. And if you'd rather see how it all ends for hunters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) with the final seven episodes, tune in to the CW. (If you like sports, Fox has football.)
Law & Order: SVU vs. Grey's Anatomy
Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) or surgeon Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)? Crime or medicine? Two of the longest running dramas—each has broken a record in their genres—compete at 9 p.m. This may be one of the toughest choices of the season.
Evil vs. Law & Order: Organized Crime vs. A Million Little Things
Christopher Meloni's return to television as Elliot Stabler is likely going to draw quite a few people to the newest Law & Order at 10 p.m., at least initially. But dramas Evil and A Million Little Things could easily retain their audiences, especially after each ended with major cliffhangers. How worried should we be about Kristen's (Katja Herbers) soul and Eddie (David Giuntoli) surviving?