Scorpion has been described as Big Bang Theory in an action procedural setting, and the two shows about science geniuses showed compatibility this past Monday when the hourlong season premiere of Big Bang helped the hourlong Scorpion launch to promising numbers. Now CBS brass want that momentum going, and they are making a scheduling change. The female-skewing comedy Mom had been slated to launch its second season next Monday and air behind original Big Bangs for several weeks before CBS’ flagship comedy returns to Thursday after football. Now, CBS will keep back-to-back Big Bang episodes (original at 8 PM, repeat at 8:30 PM) the the next three Mondays (Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13), leading into Scorpion. The network is betting on a stronger, more male lead-in to help Scorpion find its footing.

However, CBS has been very committed to growing Mom. So the network will still replicate its plan of giving the sophomore sitcom an original Big Bang lead-in this fall. That will now happen on Thursday, with the Mom second season premiere on Oct. 30, following the first Big Bang on its regular night this fall. That leaves another sophomore, The Millers, previously slated to keep its Thursday 8:30 slot, homeless for the fall. That will be remedied by the show taking Mom’s Monday 8:30 PM berth starting Oct. 20, again providing a more male lead-in for Scorpion. The Millers will follow the last Monday original of Big Bang before 2 Broke Girls takes over the 8 PM slot the following week.

The switcheroo will be in place just for the fourth quarter, with Mom and The Millers returning to their originally planned slots in early January. Here is the rundown:

Updated Monday, Sept. 29

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Season Premiere)

Updated Monday, Oct. 6

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 13

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 20

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Monday, Oct. 27

8:00-8:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (Season Premiere)

8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Thursday, Oct. 30

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (New Time Period)

8:30-9:00 PM MOM (Season Premiere)

9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (Season Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM THE McCARTHYS (Series Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (Season Premiere)

Updated Monday, Jan. 5

8:00-8:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS

8:30-9:00 PM MOM (New Time Period)

9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION

10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES

Updated Thursday, Jan. 8

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

 

8:30-9:00 PM              THE MILLERS (New Time Period)

9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN

9:30-10:00 PM            THE McCARTHYS

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY