Each TV network has 24 hours of prime time every week.
CBS has 16 hours of crime shows
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are 3 hour blocks of crime. Sunday maybe even more if you count the segments on 60 Minutes on crimes.
NBC has 7 hours and all of Thursday for crime.
ABC has only 3 hours for crime but 5 hours for game shows.
the war that matters is the war against the imagination
all other wars are subsumed in it.
Diane Di Prima
There seems to be a severe lack of imagination here but then, they wouldn’t be doing this if it didn’t make money.
2021 Fall Lineup & TV Schedule for CBS, NBC, ABC
CBS Fall Lineup & TV Schedule
8 p.m. The Neighborhood (Sept. 20)
8:30 p.m. Bob Hearts Abishola (Sept. 20)
9 p.m. NCIS (Sept. 20) – crime
10 p.m. NCIS: HAWAI’I (Sept. 20) – crime
8 p.m. FBI (Sept. 21) – crime
9 p.m. FBI: INTERNATIONAL (Sept. 21) – crime
10 p.m. FBI: Most Wanted (Sept. 21) – crime
8 p.m. Survivor (Sept. 22)
9 p.m. Tough as Nails (Oct. 6)
10 p.m. CSI: VEGAS (Oct. 6) – crime
8 p.m. Young Sheldon (Oct. 7)
8:30 p.m. United States of Al (Oct. 7)
9 p.m. GHOSTS (Oct. 7)
9:30 p.m. B Positive (Oct. 7)
10 p.m. Bull (Oct. 7) – crime
8 p.m. S.W.A.T (Oct. 1) – crime
9 p.m. Magnum P.I. (Oct. 1) – crime
10 p.m. Blue Bloods (Oct. 1) – crime
8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama series encores) – crime
9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama series encores) – crime
10 p.m. 48 Hours (Sept. 18) – crime
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (Sept. 12)
8 p.m. The Equalizer (Oct. 10) – crime
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (Oct. 10) – crime
10 p.m.: SEAL Team/S.W.A.T. (Oct. 10) – crime
NBC Fall Lineup & TV Schedule for 2021
8 p.m. The Voice (Sept. 20)
10 p.m. ORDINARY JOE (Sept. 20) – crime
8 p.m. The Voice
9 p.m. LA BREA (Sept. 28)
10 p.m. New Amsterdam (Sept. 21)
8 p.m. Chicago Med (Sept. 22)
9 p.m. Chicago Fire (Sept. 22)
10 p.m. Chicago P.D. (Sept. 22) – crime
8 p.m. The Blacklist (Oct.21) – crime
9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 23) – crime
10 p.m. Law & Order: Organized Crime (Sept. 23) – crime
8 p.m. TBA
9 p.m. Dateline NBC (Sept. 24) – crime
[As I recall, Dateline began, as did ABC’s 20/20 before it as a clone of 60 Minutes and both would cover much more than true crime and celebrity interviews.]
8 p.m. Drama Encores
9 p.m. Dateline Saturday Night Mystery – crime
10 p.m. SNL Encores
7 p.m. Football Night in America
8 p.m. Sunday Night Football
ABC Fall Lineup & TV Schedule for 2021
8 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (Sept. 20)
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (Sept. 27)
8 p.m. The Bachelorette (Oct. 19)
10 p.m. QUEENS (Oct. 19)
8 p.m. The Goldbergs (Sept. 22)
8:30 p.m. THE WONDER YEARS (Sept. 22)
9 p.m. The Conners (Sept. 22)
9:30 p.m. Home Economics (new time slot) (Sept. 22)
10 p.m. A Million Little Things (Sept. 22)
8 p.m. Station 19 (Sept. 30)
9 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (Sept. 30)
10 p.m. Big Sky (new day) (Sept. 30) – crime
8 p.m. Shark Tank (Oct. 8)
9 p.m. 20/20 (Oct. 8) – crime/celebrity interviews
8 p.m. Saturday Night Football
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Videos (Oct. 3)
8 p.m. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (new time slot) (Sept. 26)
9 p.m. Supermarket Sweep (Sept. 26)
10 p.m. The Rookie (Sept. 26) – crime
Interesting, and yes, I suspect crime is prevalent because it has proven popular. I for one will be watching SVU’s two-hour premiere tonight, but I haven’t gotten into the others. I guess it’s also easy to replicate since many of these series are spinoffs.
Even less imagination, usually.
Interesting. Thanks for the research.
Once again, proof that the media is not “liberal”.
When people are in fear, they are easier to manipulate and can be distracted from things that would otherwise concern them. “Build the Wall” is a statement rooted in fear. “Lock Her Up” is a statement rooted in fear. “Drain the Swamp” is a statement rooted in fear.
Yes indeed, the networks would not be doing this if it did not make them money but I do not agree that this is what the people want. It is what the network tells them they want.
Not sure what this has to do with either liberal or fear. At the end of the day it’s just entertainment, though the L&O franchise does sometimes say that their plots are “ripped from the headlines”.
Fear sells. Fox is bringing back “COPS” after protests of police violence led to its cancellation a while back.
COPS sells the simplistic view that it’s all poor people, mostly non-white, who commit most of the horrible crimes that are only a short distance from where you live.
That’s just voyeurism. I’ve watched it occasionally too, but it doesn’t make me fearful of anything. I thought part of the draw that those are unusual incidents as opposed to routine traffic stops which are pretty boring.
Subliminal messaging is the most effective.
Interesting to me that no one has picked up on the “copaganda” aspects of this, at least overtly, in the comments.
There’s also the meta like how violence solves violence, that everything is a mystery that can be solved, that the authorities have technology and power that can overcome almost anything (the CSI syndrome that has taken over jury rooms where jurors think the local police have the technology that’s available in the TV shows they see – false – and that CSI’s are scrupulously professional, ya know, like Annie Dookhan), and the cops “always get their man.”