The fall season hasn’t even started and ABC is already making changes to their all important Wednesday night lineup. This is a good change, though.
Suburgatory will be making the big move to 930p.m. this fall, swapping timeslots with new comedy The Neighbors. This move shows that executives have great faith in the Suburgatory going forward. Suburgatory will also serve as a lead-in to one of the most anticpated shows on the fall season, Nashville starring Connie Britton. Subugatory is much more compatible with both Modern Family and Nashville compared to The Neighbors.
During the Upfronts in May, ABC made one of the most questionable scheduling decisions of the upcoming season – scheduling new alien-family comedy The Neighbors in the lucrative post- Modern Family slot. ABC scheduling executives finally realized that The Neighbors may not be quite the right show to air Modern Family, so the timeslot is going to a much more deserving show, Suburgatory.
The Neighbors will now premiere after The Middle, which still isn’t a bad place to be on Wednesdays.
Since Modern Family’s premiere in 2009, the comedy has served as an unsuccessful lead-in to Cougar Town, Mr. Sunshine, Happy Endings, and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Suburgatory is currently the most compatible show with Modern Family, so ABC seems to be mnaking the best of a once terrible situation.
Suburgatory averaged 7.54 million viewers last season and a 2.5 in the 18-49 demo. Those numbers are sure to rise next season.
The first official change of the 2012-2013 TV season goes to ABC, and it’s a change that needed to happen!