CBS appears to be taking a minor risk this when it moves this season's one new hit series, "The Mentalist," from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 10 p.m. Thursday this fall.
That means Simon Baker series, which has been a huge hit in Western New York, will compete with ABC's popular "Private Practice" and Jay Leno's new show on NBC.
CBS has a few good reasons for making the move. The new "NCIS" spinoff will now follow the popular Mark Harmon original in the old "Mentalist" time slot to give CBS a two-hour "NCIS" block.
"The Mentalist" also seems compatible with its new lead-in, the popular "CSI."
But this being TV, the real reason is money. Thursday night is one of the most important advertiser nights of the week, which is why "Grey's Anatomy" and "CSI" were moved to that night after premiering on other nights.
If "The Mentalist" succeeds on Thursday, it will be financially beneficial to CBS.
But the risk is that the move may upset viewers who have grown to love "The Mentalist" on Tuesdays.
In another interesting CBS move, it picked up "Medium" off of waivers from NBC and plans to run at 9 p.m. Friday after "Ghost Whisperer."
The cancellations of the aging "Without a Trace" and "The Unit" really were no surprise.
What do you think of the move of "The Mentalist," the acquisition of "Medium" and the cancellations?
-- Alan Pergament