NBC has learned its lesson.
Last season, after a strong fall powered by The Voice and Revolution, NBC not only kept the shows off the air until March 2013, but chose not to launch any midseason series in January, cuing up a huge collapse.
"Essentially the momentum from last fall fell away. This year things are different," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said Sunday at the network's Television Critics Association winter previews. "Of course, we've got the Olympics for 18 nights, but I also think we've also gotten smarter about how we've scheduled January and February. We didn't take The Blacklist off the air in January. ... Last Monday's episode ... saw a 60 percent jump in the demo."
Billy Crystal, Jimmy Fallon among Jay Leno's final Tonight Show guests
The Blacklist, Greenblatt noted, is the No. 1 drama and No. 1 new series in the 18-49 adult demo and No. 2 scripted series ...
Back in February 1983, when watching TV meant tuning in to ABC, CBS or NBC, 106 million people watched the final episode of M*A*S*H. Legend has it that the water pressure in New York City showed a noticeable drop during the commercial breaks. For 27 years, the M*A*S*H finale stood as the most watched TV show ever, and in an era when the average home has more than 100 channels to choose from, it seemed impossible that any single broadcast could amass that type of audience again.
But Super Bowl XLIV capped what had been a storybook season for the New
Orleans Saints, playing for a city that only a few years before gave viewers the horrific images of Hurricane Katrina...
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
A constant dramatic thread going through Season 1 of this 90210-zipped sudsfest has been that Camille and Kyle have...lacked chemistry. These two Beverly Hills queens — one Kelsey Grammer's spouse, the other former child star Kim Richards' sister — have seemingly hissed, dissed and dished at one another from Minute 1. Tonight, Taylor throws a Roaring Twenties party, yet there might be some real roaring when the bash brings Camille and Kyle together for the first time since their last showdown. — Dean Maurer
Read on for previews of the Poinsettia Bowl, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Thursday Night Football, Biography, Shep & Tiffany Watch TV: The Best of 2010 and Glenn Martin, DDS.
The Big Bang Theory
Any one of Penny's dates — Leonard expected — would be the last person with whom the guys would have anything in common, let alone befriend. However, they do find a perfect reason when they ask her latest buff boyfriend to help them by joining them in a costume contest in which they're entering as members of the Justice League. — Bill Ecklund
Read on for previews of Gift of the Magi, Thursday Night Football, Burn Notice, Larry King Live, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2010.
The well-spun mock-doc sitcom puts some ho-ho-ho's and yuletide yuks in the Christmas season with a one-hour holiday-themed outing. It'll be gifts galore for Michael when his nemesis, slumping HR vet Toby, takes a leave of absence. Better yet, this opens Dunder Mifflin's doors for one Holly Flax (Amy Ryan), Michael's true romantic flame, who returns to Scranton to cover for Toby. Talk about a Holly jolly Christmas. When a thrilled Michael insists the branch throw a bash for Holly's return, Pam must organize two holiday parties. Meanwhile, Jim comes to regret his decision to engage in a snowball fight with flaky Dwight. — Dean Maurer
Read on for previews of The Gruffalo, The Santa Incident, Thursday Night Football, The Apprentice and Barbara Walters Special.