CBS isn’t exactly known for taking risks, instead relying on a steady diet of procedurals, laugh-track comedies, and reality competition programs where the prize isn’t another contestant. That strategy has paid off as CBS annually gets to wear a sash that reads “America’s Most-Watched Network.”

Risk-aversion is retained in the network’s announcement of next season’s premiere dates, which doesn’t feature anything too interesting to talk about and forces me to write a throwaway paragraph about how CBS doesn’t like taking risks. I’d say I’ve wasted enough of both our time, so let’s get on to the dates.

CBS Premiere Dates for the 2011-2012 Season

Wednesday, Sept. 14
8:00-9:00 pm Survivor: South Pacific (23rd edition premiere)

Monday, Sept. 19
8:00-8:30 pm How I Met Your Mother (7th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 pm How I Met Your Mother
9:00-9:30 pm Two and a Half Men (9th season premiere)
9:30-10:00 pm 2 Broke Girls (series debut)
10:00-11:00 pm Hawaii Five-0 (2nd season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8:00-9:00 pm NCIS (9th season premiere)
9:00-10:00 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (3rd season premiere)
10:00-11:00 pm Unforgettable (series debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 21
9:00-10:00 pm Criminal Minds (7th season premiere)
10:00-11:00 pm CSI (12th season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 22
8:00-8:30 pm The Big Bang Theory (5th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 pm The Big Bang Theory
9:00-10:00 pm Person of Interest (series debut)
10:00-11:00 pm The Mentalist (4th season premiere)

Friday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 pm A Gifted Man (series debut)
9:00-10:00 pm CSI: NY (8th season premiere)
10:00-11:00 pm Blue Bloods (2nd season premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 24
8:00-8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (6th season premiere)
8:30-9:00 pm Comedy Repeat
9:00-10:00 pm Drama Repeat
10:00-11:00 pm 48 Hours Mystery (season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 25
7:00-8:00 pm 60 Minutes (44th season premiere)
8:00-9:00 pm The Amazing Race (19th edition premiere)
9:00-10:00 pm The Good Wife (3rd season premiere)
10:00-11:00 pm CSI: Miami (10th season premiere)

Monday, Sept. 26
8:30-9:00 pm 2 Broke Girls (time period premiere)
9:30-10:00 pm Mike & Molly (2nd season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 29
8:30-9:00 pm How to Be a Gentleman (series debut)

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