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Season 2 premiere of ‘Mom’ delayed a month to give ‘Big Bang’ more play

"Mom," with Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris, will have its Season 2 premiere on Oct. 30.
“Mom,” with Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris, will have its Season 2 premiere on Oct. 30.
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Looks like you can’t run home to “Mom” just yet.

CBS is pushing the Season 2 premiere of “Mom,” which was originally scheduled for Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, to Thursday, Oct. 30, at 8:30 p.m.

The delay can be attributed to a couple of geeks who are good with numbers.

In light of the successful pairing of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scorpion” on Monday nights, the eye network is looking to stretch that a bit further. “The Big Bang Theory” kicked off a temporary Monday run this week with back-to-back episodes -- and did so with a bang. The comedy notched a 5.4 rating in adults under 50 in both the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. half hours. For perspective, the first episode drew 18.03 million viewers, while the second racked up 18.24 million.

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All that, as you can imagine, made it the most-watched and highest-rated Monday night scripted show on broadcast. And it helped boost freshman drama “Scorpion,” also boasting a roster of geeks, to nearly 14 million viewers.

In an effort to maintain that grip on Mondays, CBS will continue to double up on episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” on Monday night for the next three weeks. An original episode will air in the 8 p.m. ET/PT slot, followed by a rerun of a different episode at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.

That leaves “Mom” to join the network’s comedy block on Thursdays beginning Oct. 30. It will air at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT after an episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (which will, by then, have returned to its time slot).

The temporary move puts “Mom” on the most lucrative night on television, in terms of advertising dollars, with studios looking to promote their weekend releases. The brief shift also gives “Mom” a bountiful lead-in from “The Big Bang Theory,” potentially helping to introduce new viewers to the series.

“Mom” will eventually return to Monday’s in the new year, beginning Jan. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Also affected in the shakeup is the sophomore season of “The Millers.” The half-hour show was originally set to roll out on Thursday, Oct. 30, but will make its bow on Monday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. It will return to its Thursday home on Jan. 8.

Twitter: @villarrealy


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