April 26, 2013

THE SKED: NBC Takes Care of the Easy Part

More articles by »
Written by: Mitch Salem
Tags: , , , , , , ,


Today NBC announced renewals of the dramas that everyone knew would be renewed:  REVOLUTION, GRIMM, CHICAGO FIRE, PARENTHOOD (thank god!) and LAW & ORDER: SVU.  It’s worth noting that while all the renewals are completely justifiable by NBC standards, they give the network five hours of primetime next season that will be unlikely to top a 2 rating in 18-49s (only Revolution has routinely gone over that mark this year, and it won’t stay there if it’s moved away from The Voice next season), with most rating in the mid-1s.  With the necessity of all but starting from scratch on the sitcom front, and the fact that shows tend to routinely decline 10% or so from year to year, it suggests that the network goalposts have now moved to the point where a 1.5 is an acceptable number on a major broadcast network–not that far ahead of where cable measures “success.”

Still on the bubble:  HANNIBAL, which didn’t help its case with a dismal 1.0 rating last night.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."