2017 Grand Prix of Figure Skating - TV Schedule & Predictions

The 2017-18 Grand Prix of Figure Skating series is set for October 20 through December 10. Six events plus the GP Final are scheduled. Below are TV schedule and predictions for the 2017-18 Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

U.S. TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

Rostelecom Cup - October 20 to 22
Top skaters: (M) Yuzuru Hanyu, Nathan Chen, Dmitri Aliev | (W) Evgenia Medvedeva, Carolina Kostner, Mirai Nagasu
TV: October 20 - Olympic Channel (7 AM ET & 11:30 AM ET) | October 21 - Olympic Channel (6:30 AM ET, 9 AM ET & 12:30 PM ET) *LIVE

Skate Canada - October 27 to 29
Top skaters: (M) Shoma Uno, Patrick Chan, Jason Brown | (W) Ashley Wagner, Kaetlyn Osmond, Marin Honda, Anna Pogorilaya
TV: October 27 - Olympic Channel (3 PM ET & 5 PM ET & 8 PM ET & 10 PM ET) | October 28 - Olympic Channel (1 PM ET & 7 PM ET) | October 29 - NBC

Cup of China - November 3 to 5
Top skaters: (M) Javier Fernandez, Jin Boyang | (W) Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alina Zagitova, Elena Radionova
TV: November 3 - Olympic Channel | November 4 - Olympic Channel | November 5 - TBD

NHK Trophy - November 10 to 12
Top skaters: (M) Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan, Adam Rippon | (W) Evgenia Medvedeva, Satoko Miyahara, Alena Leonova, Polina Tsurskaya
TV: November 10 - Olympic Channel | November 11 - Olympic Channel | November 12 - NBC/NBCSN

Internationaux de France - November 17 to 19
Top skaters: (M) Javier Fernandez, Shoma Uno, Maz Aaron | (W) Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alina Zagitova, Kaetlyn Osmond, Mai Mihara
TV: November 17 - Olympic Channel | November 18 - Olympic Channel | November 19 - TBD

Skate America - November 24 to 26
Top skaters: (M) Nathan Chen, Jin Boyang, Adam Rippon | (W) Ashley Wagner, Karen Chen, Anna Pogorilaya
TV: November 24 - Olympic Channel | November 25 - NBC/Olympic Channel | November 26 - NBC/Olympic Channel

Grand Prix Final - December 7 to 10 
TV: December 7 - Olympic Channel | December 8 - Olympic Channel | December 9 - Olympic Channel | December 10 - TBD

Trends / Predictions

✪To advance to the Grand Prix Final, skaters must earn enough points from the six regular events to rank in the top 6. A skater can only participate in two events. Winning an event almost assures one a place in the final, unless she withdraws from or totally flunks her other event. Earning two podium finishes also gives the skater a good shot of advancing to the final. The most successful skaters in the grand prix series, in term of winning percentage, are Patrick Chan (men) and Evgenia Medvedeva (ladies). Among the top skaters, Javier Fernandez (men) and Ashley Wagner (ladies) have the easiest schedule or strength of competition. Cumulatively, Fernandez and Medvedeva have the best odds of reaching the GP Final.

Men
Most successful skaters by winning percentage (minimum two seasons): 1. Patrick Chan 60% | 2. Shoma Uno 50% | 3. Javier Fernandez 35% | 4. Yuzuru Hanyu 24%
Predicted top six in points: Javier Fernandez | Patrick Chan | Shoma Uno | Yuzuru Hanyu | Nathan Chen | Jin Boyang

Ladies
Most successful skaters by winning percentage (minimum two seasons): 1. Evgenia Medvedeva 83% | 2. Elena Radionova 50% | 3. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva 25% | 4. Ashley Wagner 21% | 5. Caroline Kostner 20%
Predicted top six in points: Evgenia Medvedeva | Ashley Wagner | Elizaveta Tuktamysheva | Elena Radionova | Alina Zagitova | Kaetlyn Osmond