How Will a Four-Month Hiatus Impact 'Revolution' - Poll?

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October 31st, 2012

Buried within NBC's lengthy mid-season schedule announcement was the news that Revolution will take about a four-month hiatus, from its last fall original on November 26 to its spring return March 25, 2013. The new drama Deception will air in the Monday 10pm time period starting on January 7.

The question is whether the long break will hurt the show. Much longer hiatuses have become standard for hit cable dramas, with the breaks whetting viewers appetites and allowing new viewers to discover (and marathon) the show via online streaming. But broadcast television is still a different beast. Big breaks did no favors for the ill-fated genre shows Flash Forward and The Event. Make your prediction about Revolution's fate, then explain your reasoning in the comments.

  • Ultima

    If Revolution concludes end of November, what gets the Monday post-Voice slot during December?

    NBC Mondays in December
    3 December – The Voice (2h), Blake Shelton Christmas special
    10 December – The Voice (1h), Take It All premiere, Michael Buble Christmas special
    17 December – The Voice (1h), two-hour Take It All finale
    24 December – It’s a Wonderful Life (movie)
    31 December – Enchanted (movie), New Year’s Eve Special

  • ToXiX

    It will dip to the 2.5-2.9 region when it returns with its first episode hitting over 3.0

  • Robert Seidman

    It’s much easier to just use the fall finale and spring premiere dates, 26 November and 25 March respectively, to illustrate the length of the hiatus.

    I agree – post modified.

  • Oliver


    Aha, thanks. Not convinced it’s the best possible use of that lead-in, but there we go.

  • DM

    Long breaks for cable aren’t really the same things, though. Cable shows take long breaks after their seasons are done. This is a break right smack in the middle of it.

  • David

    I just went back and checked.

    After its November episodes, Robert had The Event as “Likely to be Cancelled”.

    And here’s what Bill said about Flashforward after its fall episodes: “Flash Forward ended its fall run on a down note, scoring just a 2.1 rating for adults 18-49. Short of a miraculous reversal in it’s ratings trend when it returns in March, it’s not coming back next fall.”

  • Max Vrany

    It will drop, but not because of the hiatus. Virtually all shows drop somewhat in spring. Especially since most of it’s spring run will be in Daylight Savings time.

  • Miguel

  • MDM

    It will come back strong, this is a much better show than The Event and Flash Forward.

  • Flame

    It will still have The Voice as lead in, the show will be fine.

  • Fynn

    Urh this annoys me, The Event & Flash Forward were dying anyway, people who watched it weren’t completely happy and were leaving (also The Event ended its last two fall episodes with a 1.70 and 1.90 18-49 and returned with a 1.40. The show was pretty much dead anyway). The same isn’t true of Revolution. I mean people return to shows after summer hiatus’s and for cable shows, I don’t see why the same can’t be true for Revolution.

  • Robert Seidman

    Long breaks for cable aren’t really the same things, though. Cable shows take long breaks after their seasons are done. This is a break right smack in the middle of it.

    Different cable shows handle differently – a lot of shows with only 10-13 episodes run straight through (Game of Thrones, Mad Men) but many shows split their seasons with breaks.

    Last season, even though it was only 13 episodes, THE WALKING DEAD took a 2.5 month break between late November and mid February. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach on cable.

  • Alexa

    This case is not at all analogous to Flashforward, V and The Event. Those shows were dropping in the ratings and I think V and Event both were put on hiatus to reboot the shows.

    Revolution is getting good ratings (not dropping much at all) and has a great lead-in. I think NBC is trying to be very protective of the show and keep it paired with The Voice since the two paired together seem to be a good fit.

    That said, as a fan of the show, it’s going to suck waiting until March to see how the rest of the season plays out. But if the long hiatus makes it more likely for a season 2, then I’m for it since I’ll definitely be back to watch it in March.

    It’s a risky strategy; we’ll see if it works or not.

  • Steven Leitner

    @s0303 A long hiatus sure helped increase Glee’s ratings in it’s first season.

  • Martin

    If THEY CAN’T PREMIERE the voice until then, I think they are doing the right thing waiting to have new episodes of revolution until end of march. Yeah it might hurt the sure, but you know what will hurt it a hell of a lot more is not having the voice as a lead in, if I had the choice of waiting to watch it for four months and having the voice as a lead in or having it on straight away without that as lead in, I’d choose the former.

  • Keyser

    I think it will hurt it more then the normal holiday time off most shows go through and I expect that Revolution will have a special re-cap show like Revenge has done to try to keep people up to what has happened.

    I think this is a bad move in trying to build a fan base in a first season.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Revolution 4 months hiatus is crazy big mistake. Cable shows are UP but they sell their show for internet streaming and also with a lot of cable marathons. NBC won’t sell RVN for streaming until May…. at least. And don’t see how network will make sunday marathon like TWD marathon fpr rxample. Or even OUAT marathon.

    After The voice is over they must put it at 8 pm in Mondays. Only RVN DVR rating – 2.1 demo, beat all NBC scripted shows(without go on) Why they will wait for March 25? If is for May sweeps is crazy. In April/May will be biggest 10 pm declines. Revenge was best 10pm show last year and its worst ratings below 2.0 was exactly in April/May.
    Also RVN is killing h5o and castle NOW. They will go up again without RVN there.

  • were123

    Revolution will still have The Voice as lead in, so it might survive the hiatus, but it’s not good

  • Percysowner

    I’m with the group who think it will drop, not because of hiatus and not because the judges on The Voice will change, but simply because shows drop in spring. I think barring a major downturn before hiatus it will do fine when it comes back.

  • Petar Ivanov

    Can anyone explain why NBC didn’t try to use Revolution success and use RVN like anchor show and after RVN 2 more NBC dramas. In wednesdays for example. That was most logic move for me.

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