NBC 2008 Fall Schedule vs. 2007 Fall Schedule

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April 2nd, 2008

Edit: Schedule Grid updated on 5/27/08 for NBC's recent announcements.


Robert posted earlier about NBC's entire new 2008-9 schedule. I wanted to compare the schedule just announced for Fall 2008 with the schedule for Fall 2007. For all The Talk of change after the writers strike, they are surprisingly similar in structure. NBC's Fall 2008 schedule doesn't look all that different from its Fall 2007 schedule, in terms of new shows or reality shows.

Four new shows (and four hours of shows) (Chuck, Journeyman, Bionic Woman and Life) were introduced in Fall 2007 and four shows (and hours) will be introduced in Fall 2008 (My Own Worst Enemy, Kath & Kim, Knight Rider, Crusoe). I'm not going to count the 3 special SNL episodes to be broadcast on Thursdays as "new".

There were 9 hours of unscripted programming in Fall 2007 (The Biggest Loser, Singing Bee, Deal or No Deal, Dateline, NFL Sunday Football). All our readers worried about a tsunami of reality shows can breath easier, there will be only 8.5 hours of unscripted programming in Fall 2008 with Singing Bee not returning.

Let's not forget, NBC got absolutely crushed last Fall in the ratings, falling to nearly 20% below its Fall 2006 season to date ratings by early November . They actually began recovering once the writer's strike began to have an effect. I don't see anything in the announced schedule that would lead me to believe it will perform any differently and I would expect NBC to suffer badly again in Fall 2008. Good thing for Jeff Zucker he's got the #1 primetime cable network.

Update: Stuart Elliot at the NY Times, writes that NBC Entertainment's co-chair Ben Silverman is touting the family friendly nature of their schedule. It's lots of nice words from Silverman, but it all boils down to only one change to NBC's schedule from 8-9p in Fall 2008: Deal or No Deal gets moved to 9-10p, that's it. But it all sounds so lovely when it's couched as "Family Friendly".

Update 2: And it's also 'adult themes at 10'. The net result of that change? Nothing! Unless substituting My Own Worst Enemy for Journeyman is substantially more "adult". More talk with no action from NBC!

NBC Fall 2007 Schedule Shows vs. Fall 2008 Schedule Shows

 

2007

2008

Monday    
8-9p CHUCK Chuck
9-10p Heroes Heroes
10-11p JOURNEYMAN MY OWN WORST ENEMY
Tuesday    
8-9:30p The Biggest Loser The Biggest Loser (8-10p)
9:30-10p Singing Bee
10-11p Law & Order:SVU Law & Order:SVU
Wednesday  
8-9p Deal or No Deal KNIGHT RIDER
9-10p BIONIC WOMAN Deal or No Deal
10-11p LIFE Lipstick Jungle
Thursday  
8-8:30p My Name Is Earl My Name Is Earl
8:30-9p 30 Rock 30 Rock
9-9:30p The Office The Office
9:30-10p Scrubs KATH & KIM
10-11p ER ER
Friday    
8-9p Deal or No Deal CRUSOE
9-10p Friday Night Lights AMERICA'S TOUGHEST JOBS
10-11p Las Vegas Life
Saturday    
8-9p Dateline NBC Dateline NBC
9-10p Drama repeats KNIGHT RIDER (repeats)
10-11p Drama repeats Law & Order:SVU (repeats)
Sunday    
7-8pm Football Night in America Football Night in America
8-11p Sunday Night Football Sunday Night Football

Shows in BOLD CAPS are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted, 2007 shows in strikethrough did not return.

I didn't think it was worthwhile to compare the announced Winter 2009 and future schedules to this years for two reasons. One, this years Winter and Spring schedules were somewhat cobbled together in response to the writers strike. Two, schedules announced so far in advance have a habit of changing.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman
  • frankj

    I have to wonder if Knight Rider will even last as long as Bionic Woman. Has anyone seen any real positive buzz for it? I haven’t found one person who actually liked the movie.

  • frankj

    I have to wonder if Knight Rider will even last as long as Bionic Woman. Has anyone seen any real positive buzz for it? I haven’t found one person who actually liked the movie.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I think this will be like the reverse of Jericho. Nobody will admit they liked the show, you won’t be able to find anyone who claims to watch or like it, but the numbers will be good (at least at first).

    not only did people watch the movie, it grew viewers as it sped along. But that was the movie and I think the Bionic Woman comparison apt. I won’t be surprised if KR has a similar fate as BW starting out good to strong and fading fast. But I think it will outlast BW and doubt anyone will try to create any controversy about what it airs against (BW aired against fellow newcomer Private Practice)

    Though unlike BW, I don’t think there is any mystery at all about what the plots are going to be like.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I think this will be like the reverse of Jericho. Nobody will admit they liked the show, you won’t be able to find anyone who claims to watch or like it, but the numbers will be good (at least at first).

    not only did people watch the movie, it grew viewers as it sped along. But that was the movie and I think the Bionic Woman comparison apt. I won’t be surprised if KR has a similar fate as BW starting out good to strong and fading fast. But I think it will outlast BW and doubt anyone will try to create any controversy about what it airs against (BW aired against fellow newcomer Private Practice)

    Though unlike BW, I don’t think there is any mystery at all about what the plots are going to be like.

  • Tony

    The thing I noticed about KR is that KITT is already using his full potential, no learning mode so no actual character development because he’s already capable of everything he will ever do. Not good for longevity. I think they should air TSCC in 2009 alongside 24. It will compete mostly against Chuck which I think it will eat alive. If they air it in the fall it will go up against Heroes which has similar fans but has more fans due to it’s longer run. Also it will have to grow out of Prison Break again and that show won’t help TSCC at all.

  • Tony

    The thing I noticed about KR is that KITT is already using his full potential, no learning mode so no actual character development because he’s already capable of everything he will ever do. Not good for longevity. I think they should air TSCC in 2009 alongside 24. It will compete mostly against Chuck which I think it will eat alive. If they air it in the fall it will go up against Heroes which has similar fans but has more fans due to it’s longer run. Also it will have to grow out of Prison Break again and that show won’t help TSCC at all.

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