We’re lucky that New Year’s Day falls on a Friday this year; it’s the perfect day for the start of midseason premieres in 2016! While a few may have already aired by the time you read this, there are still plenty of the best shows to see. Here are just some of the most popular titles in the first week of the 2016 midseason premiere schedule (all times Eastern, WARNING: possible spoilers!)

Sunday, January 3

  • Downton Abbey (PBS, 9:00 p.m.): This particular title will see its final run on the 2016 midseason premiere schedule—Downton Abbey season 6 has officially been pegged as the last one. The last season will show whether or not Mrs. Hughes and Carson finally tie the knot, and whether Branson finds true happiness with his new life in America. If you’re a fan of the show, note that Downtown Abbey season 6 has already fully aired in the U.K., so you may want to avoid searching for the trailer, because you may run into plenty of unwanted spoilers.

Monday, January 4


  • The Bachelor (ABC, 8:00 p.m.): Returning for its 20th season, the single man this time is software salesman Ben Higgins. Hopefully he breaks the mold; this show has a bad track record when it comes to the couples staying together.
  • Supergirl (CBS, 8:00 p.m.): While not the most popular of DC Comics’ live-action shows, it’s hoping to ride the hype from the midseason finale’s introduction of the Martian Manhunter. If ratings continue to slide, however, it could be on the chopping block. In other words, the midseason premiere in 2016 could make or break it for this one.

Tuesday, January 5

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9:00 p.m.): The second half of season 3 airs on a new night, moving its date/schedule from Sundays to Tuesdays. The mid-season finale was essentially a Die Hard parody; so will this premiere be based on one of the sequels perhaps?
  • The Grinder (Fox, 9:30 p.m.): Rob Lowe’s new hit show returns to complete its first season. It will be interesting to see who guest stars on the upcoming episodes, given some of the talent that has already appeared. If it continues on its current course, it could very well end up becoming one of the most popular comedies.

Wednesday, January 6

  • American Horror Story: Hotel (FX, 10:00 p.m.): In this premiere, we will finally learn the results of the attack on the Hotel Cortez penthouse during the midseason finale and if either Donovan (Matt Bomer) or Elizabeth/The Countess (Lady Gaga) survived. That said, the results have been hinted at, not that it changes how excited fans are for this particular show’s premiere date/schedule!
  • American Idol (Fox, 8:00 p.m.): The 15th season two-night premiere, it’s also the start of the last season ever. This has consistently been the best show in its genre (at least in its earlier days), not to mention one of the most popular, so it’s no wonder that American Idol is one of the most highly anticipated titles on the 2016 midseason premiere schedule.
  • Modern Family (ABC, 9:00 p.m.): The 2016 midseason premiere schedule sees the return of Modern Family season 7. This is still one of the most popular comedies on TV right now, so there’s no doubt that the premiere will be worth tuning into.

Thursday, January 7

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8:00 p.m.): How will they top the first half of the season, which actually saw Sheldon both pass on seeing the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and lose his virginity within the same night? The show also returns among rumors that the next season will be the last; will this affect viewers’ enjoyment?
  • The Blacklist (NBC, 9:00 p.m.): Perhaps one of the biggest midseason premieres of 2016, if only because the last episode saw Liz finally being caught and arrested. And for those who can’t wait, there’s a sneak peek of the episode online; just tell yourself it’s a really vague trailer.

Friday, January 8

  • Hawaii Five-O (CBS, 9:00 p.m.): The remake closes in on its predecessor’s 12 seasons as it airs the latter half of its sixth—halfway there! The return episode will see Taylor Wily’s Kamekona face the ghosts of her past.
  • Blue Bloods (CBS, 10:00 p.m.): The cop drama also returns to the schedule for the second half of season 6, and will feature a focus on the death of Joe Reagan, a character who died over six years ago! How will his father, Frank, deal with this old wound being reopened?

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