Let’s take a roster:
- Monday at 10: Hawaii Five O
- Tuesday from 8-10:30PM: NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Person of Interest
- Wednesday from 9-1030PM: Criminal Minds, CSI
- Thursday at 10: Criminal Minds
- Friday 9-1030: CSI NY, Blue Bloods
- Saturday: NYC22, back to back 48 Hours Mystery
- Friday for 2 hours, Bones
- Saturday, back to back Cops
- Thursday is the big night for the authorities. First it’s Wipeout, the military-themed reality show, and then Rookie Blue
Let’s look beyond the big ones:
- Tuesday most of the afternoon and evening, Franklin and Bash, Rizzoli and Isles
- Wendesday and Thursday, it’s The Mentalist
- Saturday, the movie A Time to Kill
you get the idea.
In 2012, “drama” programming is primarily made up of police procedurals,
In 1980, the lineup was a little different. For instance, on Sunday night, the only police-related programming on the big three was CHiPS, which is not exactly your normal police procedural. CBS was playing police dramas during the week, but it would be, at most, one per prime time slot.
However, it should be noted that there were still plenty of military related programs, like MASH and Private Benjamin. In any case, it’s food for thought.