Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Summer Matchups, Wednesday

Originals are in bold; new shows are in ALL CAPS; "Average" is Live + SD A18-49 average from this season to date if already ongoing, from summer 2011 or, if neither of those are applicable, from most recent non-summer season

More Summer Matchups: Thursday | Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday

Net 8:00 8:30Premieres Average
ABC The Middle (R) Suburgatory (R)

NBC Off Their Rockers (R) Up All Night (R)

Fox So You Think You Can Danceongoing2.4 premiere
CW America's Next Top Model (R)

ABC Fam Melissa & Joey BABY DADDY 5/30 | 6/200.47 | NEW

While CBS has run original episodes of Flashpoint early on in the last couple summers, their last series premiere in the early summer was another scripted offering, Swingtown (June 5, 2008). That one started fairly promisingly but faded significantly. CBS also failed with its last dog reality show, as Greatest American Dog couldn't really get anything going in the summer of 2008. They'll try to buck both those trends with tonight's premiere of Dogs in the City.

Net 9:00 9:30Premieres Average
ABC Modern Family (R) Happy Endings (R)

CBS Criminal Minds (R)

NBC America's Got Talent ongoing3.37 to date
Fox So You Think You Can Danceongoing2.4 premiere
CW America's Next Top Model (R)

USA Royal Pains6/61.46

A couple eleventh-hour corrections on Wednesday as an NBC presser reports Got Talent returning to its typical Tuesday/Wednesday arrangement in the second week of July (and it also has a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday week at the end of June). But the real 9/8c intrigue is the drama matchup, as USA pits its biggest drama of last summer against the darling of TNT's development. I'm not exactly sure what to expect out of the continuation of the iconic 1980s series, but I'm pretty sure TNT is looking for big things.

Net 10:00 10:30Premieres Average

NBC Law and Order: SVU (R)

USA Necessary Roughness 6/61.23
Comedy Futuramarepeats 5/290.80
TV Land THE SOUL MAN The Exes6/20NEW | 0.27

Cedric the Entertainer will headline TV Land's first original sitcom hour in the Hot In Cleveland era that's not anchored by Betty White and friends. At this point, Hot In Cleveland's ratings have dropped enough that this is probably worth trying.

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