Watch out television — the highest-rated network has announced its 2011-2012 season return.

CBS will debut most of its fall programming in a single week, starting on Monday, September 19. This goes against the standard practice of debuting shows over the course of several weeks and pretty much illustrates the network’s position of strength going into the new season. Only three series will premiere outside of the main week.

The CBS schedule is full of familiar names with only five new series to round out the schedule. Two of the old standards — The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother — are even doing double-duty by airing double episodes during the premiere week.

With this announcement, CBS joins The CW, FOX and ABC by giving the premiere dates. Only NBC has yet to make public the return dates for its programming.

Wednesday, September 14
8-9pm Survivor: South Pacific

Monday, September 19
8-8:30pm How I Met Your Mother
8:30-9pm How I Met Your Mother (again)
9-9:30pm Two and a Half Men
9:30-10pm 2 Broke Girls (special time)
10-11pm Hawaii Five-0

Tuesday, September 20
8-9pm NCIS
9-10pm NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11pm: Unforgettable (formerly The Rememberer)

Wednesday, September 21
9-10pm Criminal Minds
10-11pm CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Thursday, September 22
8-8:30pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9pm The Big Bang Theory (again)
9-10pm Person of Interest
10-11pm The Mentalist

Friday, September 23
8-9pm A Gifted Man
9-10pm CSI: NY
10-11pm Blue Bloods

Saturday, September 24
8-8:30pm Rules of Engagement
8:30-9pm Comedytime Saturday (probably sitcom reruns)
9-10pm Crimetime Saturday (probably procedural reruns)
10-11pm 48 Hours Mystery

Sunday, September 25
7-8pm 60 Minutes
8-9pm The Amazing Race
9-10pm The Good Wife
10-11pm CSI: Miami

Monday, September 26
8:30-9pm 2 Broke Girls (time-slot premiere)
9:30-10pm Mike & Molly

Thursday, September 29
8:30-9pm How to Be a Gentleman

Which shows are you planning to watch this fall? Do any of the time periods seem like a mistake? Do you have any TV-scheduling conflicts coming up for the 2011-2011 season? Let us know!

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Laurel Brown

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Laurel grew up in Mamaroneck, NY, Grosse Pointe, MI and Bellevue WA. She then went on to live in places like Boston, Tucson, Houston, Wales, Tanzania, Prince Edward Island and New York City before heading back to Seattle. Ever since early childhood, when she became addicted to The Muppet Show, Laurel has watched far too much TV. Current favorites include ChuckModern FamilySupernaturalMad Men and Community. Laurel received a BA in Astrophysics (yes, that is possible) from Colgate University and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and History of Science from Columbia University before she realized that television is much better than studying.