CBS announces midseason debut of 'Criminal Minds' spinoff, plus a new night for 'Blue Bloods'

CBS announced its midseason lineup on Tuesday, including debut dates for the Criminal Minds spinoff and the new comedy Mad Love plus new nights for Blue Bloods and The Defenders.  Blue Bloods, the season’s No. 2 freshman series among viewers and Friday’s top program in viewers and adults 25-54, will move to Wednesdays at 10 for four consecutive weeks beginning Jan. 19 and return to its regular Friday time period on Feb. 11.

The Defenders, currently airing Wednesdays, relocates to Fridays at 8 starting Feb. 4.  Rules of Engagement will also move from Mondays to Thursdays at 8:30 beginning Feb. 24.

Here’s the full midseason lineup:

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 19
8 p.m.  Live to Dance
9 p.m. Criminal Minds
10 p.m. Blue Bloods

Fridays, beginning Feb. 4
8 p.m. The Defenders
9  p.m. CSI: NY

Fridays, beginning Feb. 11
8 p.m. The Defenders
9 p.m. CSI: NY
10 p.m. Blue Bloods

Wednesday, beginning Feb. 16
8 p.m. Survivor: Redemption Island
9 p.m. Criminal Minds
10 p.m. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Monday, beginning Feb. 21
8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. Mad Love
9 p.m. Two and A Half Men
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly
10 p.m. Hawaii Five-0

Thursday, beginning Feb. 24
8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement
9 p.m. CSI
10 p.m. The Mentalist

Friday, beginning April 1
8 pm. Chaos
9 p.m. CSI: NY
10 p.m. Blue Bloods

Show descriptions: Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior stars Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo and Kirsten Vangsness. Mad Love stars Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Tyler Labine, and Judy Greer and is about four New Yorkers, two of whom are falling in love while the other two hate each other. And Chaos, which features Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Close, Tim Blake, and Kurtwood Smith, is a comedic drama about a group of rogue CIA spies in the Clandestine Administration and Oversight Services.

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  • Robert O. Martichenko

    Blue Bloods is a pretty great show!

    • AcaseofGeo

      This schedule looks like the title of one of their shows “CHAOS”. Its all over the place. I don’t get it. CBS is the most stable of the big networks but this schedule bounces everything all over the place.

      • Greg

        I completely agree. CBS has been hitting high rating marks all season. This just confuses their viwers.

      • Seddie is meant to be

        I can tell you “Mad Love” has cancelled written all over it, as well as predictable – guarantee you that the two who hate each other end up together and the who love each other ending up hating each other, sigh, Judy Greer can’t seem to get the right show

  • jake

    Not really excited for the CM spinoff, but happy Blue Bloods will get to take that spot for a short time. Excellent show.

  • rachel

    Happy for Blue Bloods. But I don’t know if I want CBS messing with my favorite new show! It was doing so well on Fridays!

    • sherknd

      Rachel I totally agree. Once they start switching nights around, people stop watching because they forget its on.. I hope that doesnt become the case with Blue Bloods.

    • Rita

      Yes indeed Rachel I agree. When the networks start playing with the time slots it can hurt the momentum of a good show and “Blue Bloods” is theee best.

  • Seeking Unemployment

    So what does this say about “$#*! my Network Airs”?

  • whereisit

    I assume the Wed night Blue Boods in Jan. will be repeats, and it will be back on Friday for the new shows?

  • Shelly

    Hate that CBS is messing with Blue Bloods. If it was doing well where it was, why start shifting it around and confusing people with the schedule? I love my Blue Bloods on Friday nights. If it has to move, then lkeave it on Wednesdays at 10:00PM.

  • Lucy

    so tired of reruns….

    • Fizi

      , 13 million is GREAT nuembr for a Friday night, and if maintains anything near that nuembr, I wouldn\’t be surprised if CBS swaps its time slot with CSI:NY (or moves it to a higher-profile night. The only option, though, would seem to be Wednesday, depending on how The Defenders holds up it seems to be the only weak-ish link on CBS\’s schedule, and it\’s not even that weak, ratings-wise.

  • CiCi217

    Thank goodness we might not have to change channels anymore Monday at 8:30. Now we’ll have to do it on Thursday. RoE and David Spade should have been cancelled long ago.

  • Bustin Jieber

    What happened to $#*! My Dad says, don’t tell me it got f**king cancelled?

  • Sparky

    So glad they did nt mess with Tues nights. There was this speculation that the Good Wife was going to be moved to Fridays which would have completely sucked – absolutely love that show. Chaos is a comedy hmmm don’t know about that. I gues we’ll just have to wait and see…

  • Jaded

    Blue Bloods is a fantastic show! I like it on Fridays because there isn’t anything else worth watching on Fridays. Although Fringe will remedy that!

    • Greg


  • Liza

    There shouldn’t BE a Criminal Minds spinoff!

  • matt

    Good for Blue Bloods. Wish it would stay there instead of the CM spinoff. Enough with the spinoffs.

  • PJ

    What the hey!! Is CBS crazy, the current set up is fine and I know it like the back of my hand. Leave the schedule ALONE!

    • Melody

      I second this motion!!

  • Maddie

    Wait, so is Kirsten going to be in both shows? If that goddamn spinoff takes her away I swear to Barney the blood of CBS executives will be everywhere.

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