The once most-troubled network is on an amazing rebound. They're topping the ratings and ordering full seasons of new shows. It's all very exciting. Elsewhere in showbiz news, Meryl Streep is being lured for an ill-advised project and Drea De Matteo is going back to work.
That week in mid-September when NBC was number one in the ratings, over all the other broadcast networks? Well, it wasn't a fluke. NBC has won premiere week, meaning it wasn't just their shows that were new, it was other networks' too. And NBC won! Not in total viewers, no that prize still goes to CBS, in fact NBC sinks back down to third in that game, but in the ratings, the 18-49 demographic stuff, NBC was tops last week, with a 2.9 average towering over Fox's second place 2.6. This is the first time NBC has been in that position in nine years. So, pop that Pérignon, peacocks. How is NBC doing so well? Well, that's the tricky part. It's mostly because of football and The Voice, and to a lesser extent Revolution. That's fine, viewers are viewers, but football and The Voice aren't fixed entities. Sure there will be a Voice in the spring, but who knows, viewers could hate the new judges or something. And of course football ends in January or February or something, so the rest of the spring is idle. This is all to say that NBC's reign is not necessarily going to be eternal. Or even last past a few weeks, even. But for now! For now, sweet Christmas, the dark days are over. [Entertainment Weekly]
As a sign of that success, NBC has ordered full seasons of three new shows, the well-performing Revolution — which kinda got a little dumpy last night, didn't it? — and the sitcoms Go On and The New Normal. The former comedy, the Matthew Perry show, has been doing solid in the ratings, while New Normal, the gay dads one, has been doing just OK but picking up in the DVR numbers. Well enough that NBC saw fit to give a full order a go. Congratulations to everyone who has a job through next spring! That's a big deal. And hey, Matthew Perry! You made it through the season! That's quite a thing. Might we see a, gasp, second season out of you on this one? It could be! And I suppose we must tip our hats to Ryan Murphy and say well done, though we do it grudgingly. Not because New Normal is bad, it isn't, but because, y'know, Ryan Murphy. Anyway, well done all around, now if they could only renew football for the spring NBC would be in the black forever. [The Hollywood Reporter]