These New Fall Shows Landed the Best Lead-ins

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Congratulations to all the new broadcast TV pilots picked up to series this week. Double congrats to the ones that were scheduled with sweet lead-ins for the upcoming fall TV season. We’re looking at you, “Queens,” “The Big Leap,” “Alter Ego,” “Ordinary Joe,” “La Brea,” “NCIS: Hawai’i” and “FBI: International.” Mondays will be particularly packed with strong lead-in/first-year series one-two punches. On Fox, 9 o’clock’s “The Big Leap,” which follows a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a live production of “Swan Lake,” will immediately follow “9-1-1.” While totally unrelated in theme, the first-responder drama’s 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.2 million total viewers sure makes for an attractive launchpad. Those Nielsen numbers, like all in this story, include one week of delayed viewing where available. Fox does not nationally program the 10 p.m. hour. Know who does? CBS and NBC (OK, ABC too), which are both airing new series in the time slot on Mondays this fall. For CBS, “NCIS: Hawai’i” will get a huge head start out of “NCIS” (1.2 rating, 12.2 million viewers) on its new night. “NCIS” is TV’s most-watched entertainment series. On NBC, “Ordinary Joe” will launch...

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