NBC and ABC have both confirmed their plans for Tuesday following the decision this week for Donald Trump to address the nation at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. As previously reported, CBS is going to push back new episodes of FBI and NCIS: New Orleans for one week; they will now air instead on January 15.
Here’s what all of the broadcast networks are planning tonight.
CBS – Be prepared for NCIS tonight, and following the speech / Democratic response there will be repeats.
NBC – There will still be a new episode of Ellen’s Game of Games on at 8:00 p.m. Eastern; following the new episode, the speech will air and then go into a Game of Games repeat that will already in progress. New Amsterdam will still air its winter premiere at its normal time.
Fox – Expect new episodes of Lethal Weapon and The Gifted as planned. The latter show will air following the speech.
ABC – Meanwhile, the plan here is to continue to air new episodes of black-ish, Splitting Up Together, and The Rookie as planned — they will air immediately following the speech / response.
So there you have it — unless you are an avid CBS viewer, there’s not too much disappointment on the schedule across the board. It probably does help that the speech is only scheduled to run for just under ten minutes, so odds are this is not going to cause any sort of significant interruption in programming for most networks (even with the response included).
Of the group, the one show we’re the most worried about here is New Amsterdam, mostly because it is going from airing after a new episode of a show to airing after a repeat, one that is following a Presidential Address that many people may opt to not watch at all. This is not a show being set up for success tonight, but we think on some level NBC is aware of this and will do their part in order to accept whatever ratings come in. We do think that the odds of a season 2 renewal are high enough that even if the numbers fall off tonight, it will still be okay enough to advance.
What are you planning to watch across the board tonight? Be sure to share some of your thoughts right now in the attached comments. (Photo: NBC.)