Tuesdays have had it rough this season, as two games of the highest rated World Series of all time, a Vice Presidential debate, Election Night, the State of the Union address, and President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee reveal have all landed on the night. Sometimes what can make or break a show’s season is the momentum it can generate and how often it can string episodes together, so everything on Tuesday this season has been airing in a jerky series of starts and stops, just looking for some type of consistency in scheduling.
Unfortunately, tonight is not the night for said consistency to begin, not when President Trump has scheduled a Congressional Address beginning at 9:00. Obviously, the most pressing matter of the Trump administration isn’t how often your favorite show is preempted, but for those who are wondering just how their shows are impacted by the 90-minute address, KSiteTV has gathered the moves each network has had to make to accommodate the address.
ABC is doing something interesting, in that they’re airing the 9:00 hour of Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O’Neals an hour earlier. Not only does this make up for airing the 8:00 hour only during Trump’s last time speaking to the nation, which forced repeats at 9:30 once the speech was over, it gives the struggling hour the boost of both the affiliate lead-in as well as speech pre-tune. If ever there was a week for the two to show some strength, this would be it.
Meanwhile, the network will be airing an American Housewife repeat at 10:30 once the Congressional Address concludes.
The only network in full repeat mode tonight, CBS will air an episode of network cornerstone NCIS at 8:00 and an episode of Kevin Can Wait at 10:30. Interesting fact: The latter has already aired 18 (!) episodes this season and will have to spread its remaining six episodes across about 10 weeks.
The CW will be business as usual at 8:00 with the latest episode of The Flash. However, in an unexpected move, the network is not counterprogramming the Congressional Address like they did with the 2012 and 2016 Vice Presidential debates (Beauty and the Beast, No Tomorrow), the 2017 State of the Union Address (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and then-President Elect Trump’s January 10th address (No Tomorrow). Instead, they’re airing a repeat of buzzy soap Riverdale in hopes of attracting casual TV viewers who aren’t in the mood for politics tonight.
The 8:00 hour is also unchanged on FOX, which will have new episodes of New Girl and recently renewed The Mick at 8:00 and 8:30, respectively. Meanwhile, the final season of Bones will have to wait another week to continue, given that the address will air into the 10:00 hour and preempt this week’s episode. As with The CW, FOX’s 10:00 hour is controlled by the affiliates, so the 8:00 hour will be the only originals this week.
NBC will have the second night of The Voice‘s Blind Auditions with judges Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and Blake Shelton at 8:00, with 10:30 going to a repeat of The Wall in progress. Given how late the speech is set to go, the network decided to preempt ratings monster This Is Us until next week, thereby setting up its finale for Tuesday, March 14th at 9:00, where it will lead into the two-episode premiere of Trial & Error. The following week, on March 21st, Trial & Error will move to its regular 9:00 time slot.
Full Tuesday Schedule for February 28th, 2017:
The Flash (The CW)
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
NCIS – repeat (CBS)
New Girl (FOX)
The Voice (NBC)
The Mick (FOX)
The Real O’Neals (ABC)
President Trump’s Address to Congress (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC)
Riverdale – repeat (The CW)
American Housewife – repeat (ABC)
Kevin Can Wait – repeat (CBS)
The Wall – repeat (NBC)