NBC's three hour "comedy night done right" Thursdays kick off tonight. Their marketing would have you believe it was the genius of their programmers that created the night instead of the inability of any of their dramas to sustain reasonable ratings (ditto ABC for any new dramas, which will put 3 hours of comedies on Wednesdays later this season).
Here are some things to watch for:
- Perfect Couples "preview" episode on December 20 drew a woeful 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. NBC is hoping for a big bounce following Community at 8:30 tonight.
- Parks & Recreation returns to the line up at 9:30. P&R's 18-49 Live + Same Day ratings average last season was just a 2.1. It better improve on that post-Office.
- Outsourced, NBC's second highest rated scripted show of the fall, moves to 10:30. Will its detractors have their day as its ratings tumble? Or will they be dining on crow?
Last fall the 4 sitcoms in the merely 2 hour comedy block averaged the following 18-49 ratings for new episodes:
- Community: 2.0
- 30 Rock: 2.40
- Outsourced: 2.69
- The Office: 3.76
A ballpark average of 2.7, for "comedy night done 2/3 right".
Of course, they didn't have to face American Idol in the 8pm hour last fall.
What's your guess on the premiere night ratings?