UPDATED with NBC’s schedule: The Big Four broadcast networks have agreed to carry President Donald Trump’s 9 PM ET address tonight, and with that comes the inevitable shuffling of primetime programming to accommodate.
At 9 PM ET CBS will pre-empt its scheduled midseason premiere of FBI with CBS News Special Report: President Trump Address to the Nation and Democratic Response. Programming will resume with a repeat episode of The Neighborhood at 9:30 PM ET. On the West Coast, NCIS will air from 8-9 PM, followed by back-to-back repeat episodes of The Neighborhood at 9 and 9:30 PM in place of FBI, and a repeat episode of NCIS: New Orleans from 10-11 PM. The previously announced original episodes of FBI and NCIS: New Orleans will air Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Fox’s The Gifted, which airs at 9 PM, will begin following Trump’s address and air in its entirety.
ABC also expects to air its regularly scheduled primetime programming in its entirety. The schedule will slide accordingly, and local newscasts in the Eastern and Central time zones likely will begin later. The network will break in at 9 PM with coverage of Trump’s address and the Democrats’ response. After the speech, at approximately 9:30 PM ET, David Muir will anchor a special live West Coast edition of World News Tonight with David Muir. ABC’s primetime Tuesday schedule begins with The Conners at 8 PM, followed by The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together and The Rookie at 10 PM.
NBC has will air Trump’s address at 9 PM ET and will join the night’s second episode of Ellen’s Game of Games — a repeat — in progress after the Democratic response. The midseason premiere of New Amsterdam will follow at 10 PM ET as scheduled. Games of Games’ midseason-debut episode will air at 8 PM ET as planned.