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CBS Upfront: Network Reveals Finale Dates for 2011-2012 Season

Published on March 23, 2012

CBS has announced the dates and storylines for its 2011-12 series’ season finales.

Deadline Hollywood calls the network "first across the finish line." The last finales (for “Rules of Engagement,” “Person of Interest” and “The Mentalist”) air on May 17, a week ahead of the end of the broadcast season and before the end of the May sweeps. CBS has done the same for two years running, but as one insider told Deadilne, airing originals in the earlier months of a season provides more “bang for your buck,” versus spring when viewership typically declines after daylight savings time. 

“The Good Wife” 

9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Lockhart & Gardner faces its biggest challenge yet when Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) returns, joining forces with Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) to drive Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) firm into bankruptcy.

“The Amazing Race”
8:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE – After traveling five continents, 22 cities and nearly 40,000 miles, the series’ 20th installment concludes in a special two-hour season finale as the final four Teams race through Japan and onto Honolulu where one Team will win the $1 million prize.  Hosted by Phil Keoghan. (Two Hours)

“2 Broke Girls”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) use Caroline’s invite to a Manhattan gala as a means to meet Martha Stewart and present their cupcake business. Martha Stewart guest stars. (One Hour)


10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
On the trail of her sister’s murderer, Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) returns to Syracuse, where the killer may have struck again.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
When a friend of the Sheriff becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s brutal murder, the investigation’s political fallout reveals the truth behind Russell’s (Ted Danson) troubled history with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue).  Also, an old foe of the CSIs resurfaces and threatens the team.

“The Big Bang Theory”

8:00-8:30 P.M. ET/PT
Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) makes his final preparations to launch into space.

“Undercover Boss”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Jose Mas, the CEO of Mastec, one of the largest builders of telecommunication and energy systems in North America, goes undercover in his own company where he experiences a “jolting” revelation.
9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
When Mac (Gary Sinise) is shot, he finds himself in limbo as he fights for his life.

“Blue Bloods”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Frank (Tom Selleck) races against the clock when he learns there’s solid intel indicating a terrorist attack, but no indication of the place or means.

“Survivor: One World”

8:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
In the two-hour season finale, the remaining castaways vie for the chance to be named Sole Survivor and take home the million-dollar grand prize.  Hosted by Jeff Probst. (Two Hours)
“Survivor: One World Live Reunion Show”

“How I Met Your Mother”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
On Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding day, his wife is finally revealed, and the gang reminisces about the time they encouraged Ted to follow his heart and go after the one that got away. (One Hour)
“Two and a Half Men”
9:00-9:30 P.M. ET/PT
Jake (Angus T. Jones) graduates from school and makes a huge decision about what to do with his life.
“Mike & Molly”
9:30-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Will Mike (Billy Gardell) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) finally make it down the aisle?
“Hawaii Five-0”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Five-0 goes on a manhunt when one of their own is killed in the line of duty.
8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Terrorism shakes the foundations of the Navy and NCIS to such an extent that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team face surprises that will devastate them.
“NCIS: Los Angeles”
9:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
The L.A. team is drawn into a deadly mind game against a master criminal motivated by revenge. (Two Hours)

“Criminal Minds”
9:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
When a federal bank is under attack, the BAU is called to negotiate a hostage situation.  As events unfold in real-time, tensions rise as one of the team becomes a hostage. Also, Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) says goodbye.  (Two Hours)

“Rules of Engagement”

8:30-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Jen (Bianca Kajlich) volunteers to throw Audrey (Megyn Price) a baby shower, but puts the wrong date on the invitation; Jeff (Patrick Warburton) takes a liking to Audrey’s maternity clothes; and Russell (David Spade) accomplishes great things when he decides to give up women.

“Person of Interest
9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
As the clock ticks down, Reese (Jim Caviezel) winds up trapped with his POI in the most heavily surveilled part of the city, forced to rely on the help of Finch (Michael Emerson), Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) to fend off the FBI, corrupt cops and a slew of old foes.
“The Mentalist”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.