'Community' and 'Whitney' Friday Premieres Delayed; Will They Come Off the Bench for 'Animal Practice' and 'Guys with Kids'?

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October 8th, 2012

The Friday debuts of Community and Whitney are on hold indefinitely.  Both were originally scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 19. No decision yet on when they will air, or on what night but I wouldn't bet on having to wait too long after the ratings for this Wednesday's Animal Practice and Guys With Kids or Thursday's ratings for Up All Night and 30 Rock  come out to learn when Community and Whitney will air...

A statement from NBC makes it sound like the decision is about focusing their promotional efforts where it will make the most difference. It's hard for me to buy that's really the case. If a show like Animal Practice couldn't thrive after months of promotion including tons of promotion during the Olympics, I can't see how focusing more promotion on it makes sense. Here's the statement from NBC:

“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 — we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of October 19th. Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week — plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”

 
  • Potato

    You can tell who likes which show by their fantasy schedules…

  • Steven

  • CrimTV

    @Nick

    Where will Smash fit in on your schedule?

  • Greg

    Community goes to midseason on Thursdays at 8, after 30 Rock is over.

    Whitney goes to Wednesdays at 8, when Animal Practice starts to hit the 1.0 mark.

  • Lamdog

    Your network in trouble if Whitney is consider a bright spot.

  • Greg

    @Lamdog

    Well then thank God Whitney is not considered a bright spot, otherwise they wouldn’t have schedule it to air on a Friday.

  • SJ

    I really wish at least one of the networks would have the guts to actually premiere their returning and newly-moved shows on Friday instead of pulling a bait-and-switch 10 days before they are to premiere.

    That said, I kind of have a feeling that NBC will just stick Community back into that cursed Thursday at 8pm time slot, push 30 Rock to 8:30, pair up Whitney and GWK on Wednesdays and move Animal Practice and Up All Night to die on Fridays.

    Oh, and another bold prediction: it won’t make a lick of difference.

  • Tyson

    SJ, CBS aired their Friday lineup as announced. How’d that work?

    To be fair, so did ABC and things have gone better. Maybe Last Man Standing and Malibu Country will be delayed and/or moved too. They probably should be moved at least in order to let Shark Tank remain at 8.

  • Jake

    If nbc corporate office was smart here’s the schedule they’d use:
    Mondays
    8pm the voice
    10pm revolution

    tuesdays
    8pm the voice results
    9pm go on
    9:30 new normal
    10pm parenthood

    wednesdays
    8pm biggest loser
    9pm L&O: svu
    10pm chicago fire

    thursdays
    8pm biggest loser results
    9pm office
    9:30 guys with kids
    10pm rock center

    fridays
    8pm fear factor
    9pm grimm
    10pm dateline

    sundays
    6pm nfl

    I believe this schedule would help nbc tremendously.

  • Jake

    If CBS would wise up before they get knocked off the #1 network on tv, this is the schedule they should switch before long:

    mondays
    8pm Rob
    8:30 Mike & Molly
    9pm Two & 1/2 Men
    9:30pm 2 Broke Girls
    10pm Blue Bloods

    tuesdays
    8pm NCIS
    9pm NCIS: LA
    10pm Vegas

    wednesdays
    8pm Survivor
    9pm The Mentalist
    10pm Made In New Jersey

    thursdays
    8pm Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Friend Me
    9pm Person Of Interest
    10pm Elementary

    fridays
    8pm Amazing Race
    9pm CSI
    10pm CSI: NY

    Sundays
    7pm NFL OT
    8pm 60min
    9pm Criminal Minds
    10pm Good Wife

    this would help CBS. CBS is trying to build an audience on fridays & sundays. But what they don’t understand is fridays a lot of people go to various places & plus so many more channels to pick from these days there’s not enough people watching one certain channel on fridays to keep a show you want to success on fridays. sundays NBC football kills the competition, everyone is sports crazy these days.
    they should keep the shows that’s getting the best ratings on on Monday- Thursday nights.
    For example: why run the risk of losing ratings to a very popular show like The Mentalist to move it to Sundays, where nothing they’ve air in the past has done any good. That’s stupid.

  • Brian

    Community/Whitney moves to Wednesdays while Animal Practice/Guys with Kids moves to Fridays. Watch that they’ll test The New Normal on Thursdays after 30 Rock goes bye-bye as they test 1600 Penn on Tuesdays with Go On.

  • Neil

    The promo that NBC showed about the move to Friday Nights should be on the Season 4 Blooper reel.

  • El Tigre Chino

    Community and Go On would make a lovely pair on tuesdays…
    Animal Practice and Guys with Kids could go to a friday or saturday to die, same for Up All Night, though I think NBC will hesitate a bit longer seeing as it’s in its second season…

  • RyanCanada

    I agree with @Glen Whitney is there best comedy, i cant wait for its return, such a funny show, i dont care what day it airs, just as long as it does air, and if it could get its best ratings on a friday, then so be it,

  • Honey Badger

    Tonight’s ratings for Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood will decide the fate of NBC this year. If they continue their low ratings NBC is doomed this year.
    Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, Up All Night and 30 Rock and most other NBC shows are very bad low rated shows and will continue to drop.
    NBC does not have any shows in the bullpen to help. NBC using low rated Community and Whitney to help is a joke, this will only mean low ratings wherever they put them.
    What else does NBC have to help? Just a bunch of bad shows.
    It is no use for NBC to move their low rated shows around; they will have low ratings wherever you put them. It is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic when it was sinking
    Throwing more money on advertising and promotion won’t help. NBC tried that last year with Smash, spending a record huge amount of money on advertising, they gave it a great time slot right after the highest rated TV show The Voice, and it still had disappointing low ratings.
    Most NBC shows low ratings and falling
    NBC surviving on The Voice and Sunday Night Football that get great ratings
    NBC they are sinking fast, and they were barely above water to begin with

    I agree with Oliver, except that this now has to be a short term and long term solution.
    “NBC’s long-term solution is to develop more successful shows. The problem is that their shows are bad and/or unmarketable. NBC’s development is a complete mess.
    NBC execs need to figure out who exactly their network is supposed to appeal to. Their schedule lacks any cohesion whatsoever. Fox has a similar identity crisis.”

    What would you do to save NBC now?

  • THE OLD MAN

    Aw man, does this mean reruns of the Voice Fri @ 8:00? Not surprised, think AP & GWK will be (?) SHOULD BE the first meals for the bear.

  • Honey Badger

    Didn’t NBC say the having 2012 Olympics on NBC would help their regular season schedule. I guess that didn’t work out, a lot of people saw their advertising for NBC shows and decided they were bad.

    ‘Conan': Bob Costas not a fan of NBC’s Olympic closing ceremony coverage By Rick Porter
    September 13, 2012 4:42 PM ET
    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/09/conan-bob-costas-not-a-fan-of-nbcs-olympic-closing-ceremony-coverage.html
    The 2012 Olympics are now a month-old memory, but Wednesday night’s (Sept. 12) “Conan” got in one final jab at NBC’s coverage of the games. And it came from none other than the network’s lead Olympics host, Bob Costas.

    Conan O’Brien asked Costas to assess NBC’s efforts in London, and Costas had this to say: “I thought we were doing well headed to the finish line.” Then, he notes, came the much-derided decision to interrupt the closing ceremony, just before The Who was set to perform.

    “NBC decides at that moment they should provide America with a sneak preview of ‘Animal Practice,’ and then come back an hour later … and check in on The Who,” Costas says. “… So here is the balance NBC has to consider: The Who, ‘Animal Practice.’ Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend — monkey in a lab coat. I’m sure you’d be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets ‘em right.”

  • KevinSW

    I don’t think Whitney and Community are considered “HITS” but they have a loyal fan base, Whitney held up well against Idol last season while UAN tanked with a pretty decent lead in, while Community has always had it’s Loyal Fans.

    So NBC knows what they can do, and what they can draw, these new shows are all still finding ground, so NBC might give em a week or two before pulling them from their schedule.

    Knowing Whitney can draw 1.9 average while community 1.5, sure they might drop slightly from last season but not much since they still have their loyal fans

  • Honey Badger

    Can The Cancellation Bear hang out at NBC headquarters and get them to replace the executives? I am sure The Cancellation Bear is hanging out around there anyways waiting for the next meal. Although I think the The Cancellation Bear has finally met its match, there are just too much bad shows at NBC that should be canceled for the The Cancellation Bear to consume.
    Comcast cannot be happy.
    Is there any way that NBC can get replacements for all the bad shows that need to be canceled?
    Could NBC use their other networks like NBC ‘s Telemundo, Bravo, NBC Universal, Oxygen Media, USA Network, CNBC, Universal Pictures , to fill out the NBC schedule?

    Tonight’s ratings for Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood will decide the fate of NBC this year. If they continue their low ratings NBC is doomed this year.
    Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, Up All Night and 30 Rock and most other NBC shows are very bad low rated shows and will continue to drop.
    NBC does not have any shows in the bullpen to help. NBC using low rated Community and Whitney to help is a joke, this will only mean low ratings wherever they put them.
    What else does NBC have to help? Just a bunch of bad shows.
    It is no use for NBC to move their low rated shows around; they will have low ratings wherever you put them. It is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic when it was sinking
    Throwing more money on advertising and promotion won’t help. NBC tried that last year with Smash, spending a record huge amount of money on advertising, they gave it a great time slot right after the highest rated TV show The Voice, and it still had disappointing low ratings.
    Most NBC shows low ratings and falling
    NBC surviving on The Voice and Sunday Night Football that get great ratings
    NBC they are sinking fast, and they were barely above water to begin with

    I agree with Oliver, except that this now has to be a short term and long term solution.
    “NBC’s long-term solution is to develop more successful shows. The problem is that their shows are bad and/or unmarketable. NBC’s development is a complete mess.
    NBC execs need to figure out who exactly their network is supposed to appeal to. Their schedule lacks any cohesion whatsoever. Fox has a similar identity crisis.”

    What would you do to save NBC now?
    Didn’t NBC say the having 2012 Olympics on NBC would help their regular season schedule. I guess that didn’t work out, a lot of people saw their advertising for NBC shows and decided they were bad.

    ‘Conan’: Bob Costas not a fan of NBC’s Olympic closing ceremony coverage By Rick Porter
    September 13, 2012 4:42 PM ET
    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/09/conan-bob-costas-not-a-fan-of-nbcs-olympic-closing-ceremony-coverage.html
    The 2012 Olympics are now a month-old memory, but Wednesday night’s (Sept. 12) “Conan” got in one final jab at NBC’s coverage of the games. And it came from none other than the network’s lead Olympics host, Bob Costas.

    Conan O’Brien asked Costas to assess NBC’s efforts in London, and Costas had this to say: “I thought we were doing well headed to the finish line.” Then, he notes, came the much-derided decision to interrupt the closing ceremony, just before The Who was set to perform.

    “NBC decides at that moment they should provide America with a sneak preview of ‘Animal Practice,’ and then come back an hour later … and check in on The Who,” Costas says. “… So here is the balance NBC has to consider: The Who, ‘Animal Practice.’ Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend — monkey in a lab coat. I’m sure you’d be the first to attest, Conan, that when it comes to the tough calls, NBC usually gets ‘em right.”

  • Drew

    They really should pair up Go On and Community together. Those two would be a good fit.

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