NBC Announces 'Smash' Saturday Burn-Off, Shuffles 'Go On' and 'The New Normal' Finales & Moves 'Ready for Love' Into Post-Voice Tuesday Slot

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March 13th, 2013

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via press release:

NBC Schedule Changes
NBC has announced the following schedule changes:
Ready For Love

  • Will now air Tuesdays, beginning April 9 (9-11 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”

CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

  • Beginning April 14 (9-11 p.m ET) will be expanded to two hours through the end of May.

The Voice

  • Will air encore episodes on Sunday, March 31 and Sunday, April 7 (7-10 p.m. ET), leading into original episodes of “The Celebrity Apprentice” (10-11 p.m. ET)

Go On

  • Moves to Thursdays on April 4 and April 11, which will be the season’s final episode. Both episodes will air at 9:30-10 p.m. ET following “The Office.”

The New Normal

  • One-hour season finale on Tuesday, April 2 (9-10 p.m. ET) following “The Voice.”

SMASH

  • Moves to Saturdays at 9 p.m. beginning April 6 and will air its entire season of 17 episodes.

 

WHITNEY

  • Will have a one-hour season finale on Wednesday, March 27 (8-9 p.m. ET).
 
  • Ultima

    @ali
    SMASH should have premiered after the voice. It was doing well after it last year.

    It had ~50% retention out of The Voice (for comparison, Revolution has ~70%) and was consistently below a 2.0 by the end of the season, that’s not really doing well. FOX canceled Terra Nova with higher ratings and it wasn’t even taking up the best timeslot on the network.

  • Ultima

    @Jennifer
    The New Normal should have always aired after The Voice. It would have appealed to a bigger, younger audience. Go On fell to half of its audience after the premiere. The New Normal kept all 7 million persons for its second episode. That’s something.

    Is it still September?

    The New Normal has aired 18 episodes and hasn’t even remotely held onto its audience.

    Also, are you seriously considering the drop from the post-Olympics preview to premiere for Go On as meaningful? Why not go the whole nine yards and call The Voice a complete failure because it dropped from a 16.3 to a 6.7 in one night! :roll:

  • greysfan

    NBC are idiots. Hannibal should go 10pm Tuesdays! Upgrade it you fools.

  • BigBrotherFan

    The question really this….

    ….How did SMASH managed to stay @tuesday @10pm FOR SO LONG?

  • BigBrotherFan

    @greysfan

    Call me crazy but it looks like they are dumping HANNIBAL to Thursday @10pm knowing full well that is their answer to ABC’s Thursday @8pm deathslot because they must not hold a lot of faith in it.

  • SJ

    Wow, NBC is actually bringing back The Sing-Off, which averaged a 1.4 in Fall 2011. Desperate, desperate, desperate!

  • ash

    I am gutted!! I love smash and now its been assigned the death weekend slot its sure to be cancelled!

  • Alex

    @SJ
    The Fall version of The Sing-Off last season was a bust but its worth remembering that the first and second season which aired as holiday programming actually performed very well. Season two averaged a 2.8 airing in December (which is why they put it on the Fall schedule). Presumably The Sing-Off will be used as some kind of filler airing around the Winter Olympics in December/January and in that slot it has the potential to do relatively well I would have thought. I’d guess we get The Voice season 5 in September – December as we did this year and then The Sing-Off in January with the Winter Olympics in February and then back to regular programming in March. Or maybe they’d be better off doing Biggest Loser on Mondays in the Fall (it hasn’t done too badly now) and it would allow them go back to one cycle of The Voice. So that would give them

    September-December: The Biggest Loser
    January: The Sing-Off
    February: Winter Olympics
    March-May: The Voice

    That’s not a terrible line-up.

  • 3terms4obama

    Leave the know it all bubble just for a moment Ultima and look at the facts.

    Go On and The New Normal were both successful in the fall, Go On was always fluctuating sometimes scoring a low 2 while The New Normal was always consistent in the 1.7-2.0 range. It was finding an audience.

    At worst TNN is lead-in dependent like most shows in Season 1. NBC’s decision to leave these two shows out to dry is roundly observed as their worst scheduling decision this season.

  • Alex

    @BigBrotherFan
    Call me crazy but it looks like they are dumping HANNIBAL to Thursday @10pm knowing full well that is their answer to ABC’s Thursday @8pm deathslot because they must not hold a lot of faith in it.

    Or it was put at Thursday 10PM because that’s the open slot they had on the schedule and moving it to Tuesday 10PM now when they’ve already started advertising an April 4 debut is somewhat counterproductive. I’d also point out that Tuesday 10PM isn’t exactly a great slot. Parenthood is the only show that’s aired in that slot so far on broadcast this season that’s not dead. Speaking of, boy I bet NBC wish they’d ordered more episodes of Parenthood now.

  • Alex

    @3terms4obama
    NBC’s decision to leave these two shows out to dry is roundly observed as their worst scheduling decision this season.

    When did NBC hang Go On and The New Normal out to dry?

  • Michael1

    All-Star Celebrity Apprentice won its time slot last week, assuming that the aggregate rating for 10 pm programming on local FOX affiliates was below 1.0…Actually, I’m not sure that is all that safe of an assumption.

  • Michael1

    If “The New Normal” is supposed to be about Ryan Murphy’s behind the scenes life while producing “Glee”, then they should play up the singing more. It could definitely work with “The Voice” as a lead-in.

  • Thorn

    You people are forgetting that Chris the main lead of Whitney has left to do another show. The new bar tender has also left. Two people jumping ship doesn’t sound good for the show.

  • E.S.

    Face it, “Smash” was a show aimed toward a niche audience. It might have been able to work if it was on Showtime, but this is NBC we’re talking about.

  • Cyrax86

    Surely they have to air Save Me after Go On finishes, they can’t put repeats post-Office during May sweeps!

  • Ted Craig

    Go On will be renewed.

    The New Normal will not. Why would NBC renew a show so dependent on a lead-in show that only airs in limited runs? And where is the proof it has such a young audience?

    @Cyrax86

    I don’t know what they’ll air, but since The Office is heading into the home stretch in May, doubling up is entirely possible.

  • RyanCanada

    its dissapointing about Smash, i just feel if it had, had that Voice lead in, it would have been ok, but oh well, and i really like TNN but I want Whitney renewed over that show, and thank god for GRIMM, i love that show.

  • Yessir

    @ Ted Craig

    Go On will be renewed.

    The New Normal will not. Why would NBC renew a show so dependent on a lead-in show that only airs in limited runs? And where is the proof it has such a young audience?

    “Why would NBC renew a show so dependent on a lead-in show that only airs in limited runs? And where is the proof it has such a young audience?” — Lol, um isn’t Go On also dependent on a lead-in show?

  • Pietro el Grandisimo

    Nooooooooooooooooo!! Save Smash!! At least, they will air all the episodes. But Should we turn to Kickstarter?

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