CBS has set its midseason premiere dates, and Good Sam is on the list. The timeslot is already a concern for the future of the show.
When looking at the CBS schedule, it is hard to see where else Good Sam could end up. According to TVLine, the new series will air on Wednesdays at 10/9c, starting from Wednesday, Jan. 5.
This is the timeslot CSI: Vegas currently has. It’s the one that SWAT had for a couple of years and we’ve seen episodes of SEAL Team air in that timeslot at times. All the shows have one thing in common: they struggled in the live TV ratings.
Of course, the way broadcasts determine the success of shows is outdated. Yes, they need the advertisers to stay in business, but a lot of people don’t want live TV anymore. CBS even makes it easy by giving up Paramount+ where all CBS shows air the following day! However, that doesn’t stop the live TV ratings being a big factor in the future of shows.
Good Sam is likely going to struggle in its timeslot
It’s not often that CBS gets into the medical drama field. Most of its shows are the procedural cop shows. Why change something that’s working? However, it looks like CBS is branching out with Sophia Bush’s new series Good Sam.
The Wednesday night timeslot is a competitive one. CBS is going up against Chicago PD on NBC, which is actually a show that Bush used to star on. Coincidence? Think Gibbs’s rules on that one.
There is a chance for the series in the fact that its lead-in is The Amazing Race. Fans of the global series have waited patiently for a new season due to the pandemic, so there is hope that plenty of people will tune in for it and then stay for Good Sam, but I am already concerned about the fate of the medical drama because of the timeslot.
I’m hoping by saying it’s a concern that those who were planning or just thinking about watching will tune in live. I’d love to be proven wrong in this case.
Good Sam will premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 10/9c on CBS. Watch the following day on Paramount+.