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Upfronts 2017: ABC Reveals Schedule for 2017-2018, Orders 15 New Series

ABC UPFRONT - May 16, 2017 - The ABC Television Network presents its new lineup for the 2017-2018 season to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center in New York City. (ABC/Heidi Gutman) CHANNING DUNGEY

Earlier this week, ABC continued its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its lineup for 2017-2018. With a mixture of returning series anchoring new offerings, ABC is going for stability and growth for the new season.

“I’m very proud of this year’s slate of series at ABC. We’ve focused on some of the universal themes that unite us – exciting stories, relevant dramas, and of course, lots of laughs,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “Our goal is to focus on the unique points of view of our show creators, but make shows that have broad appeal.”

A total of 15 new series have been announced for ABC’s 2017-18 season: “Alex, Inc,” “American Idol,” “The Bachelor Winter Games,” “The Crossing,” “Dancing With the Stars Junior,” “Deception,” “For The People,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Gospel of Kevin,” “Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff,” “The Mayor,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Ten Days in The Valley,” and “Roseanne,” a reboot of the groundbreaking comedy.

Ranking No. 1 for the 2016-17 season in Nielsen’s non-sports Adult 18-49 averages (tie), ABC claimed a network-leading 9 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV, delivering 5 of the Top 10: “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.3 rating) – No. 4, “The Bachelor” (3.1 rating) – No. 5, “Designated Survivor” (2.9 rating) and “Modern Family” (2.9 rating) tie at No. 7, “How to Get Away with Murder” (2.6 rating) – No. 10, “Scandal” (2.4 rating) – No. 13, while “The Goldbergs” (2.1 rating), “DWTS” (2.1 rating) and “black-ish” (2.1 rating) tie at No. 19. In addition, the Network delivered 6 of the Top 10 comedies for the season and 3 of the Top 5 dramas. ABC once again dominated among advertiser-coveted upscale viewers with 9 of the season’s Top 15 highest-rated broadcast entertainment series among Adults 18-49 in Homes earning $100k+ Annual Income.

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the 2017-18 season.

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific). New shows are in bold:

ABC UPFRONT – May 16, 2017 – The ABC Television Network presents its new lineup for the 2017-2018 season to the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center in New York City. (ABC)
ABC PRIMETIME 2017-2018 SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor”

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m. “The Middle”
8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time period)
9:00 p.m. “black-ish” (new day and time period)
9:30 p.m. “The Mayor”
10:00 p.m. “The Gospel of Kevin”

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. “The Goldbergs”
8:30 p.m. “Speechless”
9:00 p.m. “Modern Family”
9:30 p.m. “American Housewife” (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor”

THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
9:00 p.m. “Scandal”
10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder”

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Inhumans”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

SATURDAY:
8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night Football”

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “To Tell the Truth” (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. “Ten Days in the Valley”

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