‘The Thing About Pam’ Premiere Ratings Jump Nearly 400% With A Week Of Delayed Viewing

The series premiere of NBC’s Renée Zellweger-led limited series The Thing About Pam has increased its key demo rating by nearly 400% when counting a week’s worth of delayed and digital viewing. The debut episode of the Blumhouse Television-produced show, which aired at 10 p.m. on March 8, initially managed a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.9 million total viewers in Live + Same Day Nielsen data. When adding in seven days of delayed viewing across linear and DVR, plus digital platforms Hulu, NBC.com, the NBC app and Peacock, the Pam series premiere jumped to a 1.93 demo rating (up 387%) and 8.7 million viewers (+205%).

‘The Courtship’ Moves From NBC To USA Network

The Regency-era-inspired reality dating competition The Courtship has moved from NBC to USA Network, where it will air Wednesday nights at 11 p.m., after Temptation Island, NBC confirmed. The decision was made after the series’ lackluster debut in the 8 p.m. slot on March 6 and its even worse performance the following week, where it lost 37% of the premiere’s 990,000 viewers.

‘New Amsterdam’ To End With Abbreviated Season 5 On NBC

Medical drama New Amsterdam will end with its previously announced fifth season during the 2022-23 broadcast season. The Ryan Eggold-led series was previously renewed for its third through fifth season back in January 2020 and, despite being owned in-house by Universal Television, has continued to see its ratings slip. Season four, which ends in May, ranks as one of the network’s least-watched dramas and has subsequently been bounced around the schedule.

Adele Lines Up 2-Hour NBC Concert Special From London Palladium

Titled An Audience with Adele, the two-hour special, which aired last fall in the U.K., will premiere Sunday, March 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and stream the following day on Peacock. The special will find the British chanteuse performing in her hometown at the London Palladium, in front of a star-studded audience.

NBC Announces Extreme ‘Survivor’ Rival ‘Million Dollar Island’

With 100 contestants competing over 50 days on a remote island, NBC is going big into the adventure reality space.

‘The Blacklist’ Renewed For 10th Season On NBC

Star and executive producer James Spader announced the pickup Tuesday during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a few days before the show’s return from a month-long hiatus. The renewal will also take the series past the 200-episode mark early in the 2022-23 season.

Once Savvy, NBC’s Olympics Deal Is Shakier After Beijing

These Olympics were a disaster for the network: a buzz-free, hermetically-sealed event in an authoritarian country a half-day’s time zone away, where the enduring images will be the emotional meltdown of Russian teen-agers after a drug-tainted figure skating competition and a bereft Mikaela Shiffrin, sitting on a ski slope wondering what went wrong. Viewers stayed away in alarming numbers, and NBC has to wonder whether it was extraordinarily bad luck or if the brand of a once-unifying event for tens of millions of people is permanently tainted.

Super Bowl Viewership Tops 100M For NBC, NFL

The 2022 Super Bowl scored more than 100.2 million viewers according to Nielsen data from NBC and Telemundo. Cracking that 100 million ceiling, the burly Super Bowl LVI viewership is very nice bounce from the total audience of 96.4 million viewers on CBS and a plethora of platforms and outlets that the Tampa Bay-hosted Super Bowl LV had in early February last year.

Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson To Host Musical Competition Series ‘American Song Contest’

Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson are set to host NBC’s upcoming musical competition series, American Song Contest, the network announced Sunday. Based on popular European Song Contest — which is watched by 200 million viewers annually — the live series premieres March 21 and will run for eight weeks.

Mario Cantone Says He Was Cut From ‘The Tonight Show’ Because He’s Gay

NBC: Comedian Leslie Jones Can Keep Tweeting Olympics Commentary

‘That’s My Jam’ Renewed For Season 2 At NBC

The variety game show “That’s My Jam” has been renewed for Season 2 at NBC. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the hourlong music and comedy variety game show draws inspiration from popular Tonight Show games. Each episode features two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances.

Several Factors Contribute To NBC’s Low Olympic Ratings

Through the first four nights of competition, NBC is on track for the lowest-rated Winter Games in history. Friday night’s coverage on NBC, USA Network and Peacock averaged 12.8 million viewers, significantly down from the 27.8 million average in Pyeongchang four years ago. NBC saw a steady increase in viewers Saturday and Sunday night, but the ratings are down more than half compared to Pyeongchang.

NBC Opens Olympics With ‘Worst Hand Imaginable’

The Games are central to the network’s brand, and NBC will have to navigate complications resulting from the pandemic and politics.

NBC Gives Winter Olympics TV’s Biggest Promo Push For Second Week In A Row

Various athlete-centric NBC promos for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics top B+C’s Promo Mojo chart showing the top five TV promos ranked by ad impressions or the week ending Jan. 23.

Howie Mandel Urges Pal Jay Leno To Air ‘Late Night’ Laundry

On the podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff, he tells Leno he should have publicly defended himself in the Tonight Show rivalries of decades past, when Leno and David Letterman and then Leno and Conan O’Brien tussled over the plum job of host.

Republicans Probe NBC Over Beijing Olympics Coverage

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to NBCUniversal executives voicing concerns about “the extent of influence the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) may have over NBCUniversal’s coverage of the games.” the letter, addressed to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, asks NBC how it plans to use its “investment in the Games to shed light on China’s history of human rights abuses.”

NBC, Fox To Simulcast First USFL Regular-Season Game

Looking to try to grab a big audience for springtime professional football, the new USFL’s first regular season game will be broadcast live by both NBC and Fox in primetime on April 16. NBC Sports and Fox have split the broadcast rights to the new league under multiyear deals. The game will feature the New Jersey General playing the Birmingham Stallions at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.

Dylan McDermott Joins ‘FBI: Most Wanted’ As New Lead

NBC Walks Tightrope In Coverage Of Beijing Olympics Amid Diplomatic Boycott And Human Rights Furor

NBC Sports this week made the not-too-surprising announcement that much of its Beijing Olympics team would be covering next month’s Winter Games from afar, in Stamford, Conn., as the COVID pandemic once again disrupts the event. But the international outcry over human rights abuses in China, leading to a U.S. diplomatic boycott, has put extra scrutiny on how the network covers the games, starting with the telecast of the opening ceremonies on Feb. 4, with Mike Tirico hosting from Beijing and Today‘s Savannah Guthrie in the states.

NBC’s ‘AGT: Extreme’ Now Set for February Premiere, Four-Week Run

Heretofore MIA from NBC’s midseason schedule — and after pausing production at one point due to a competitor’s on-set injury — America’s Got Talent: Extreme now is set for a late February premiere. In turn, the network’s American Song Contest (which is based on Eurovision Song Contest) has been pushed back to March.

‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ Canceled At NBC After Four Seasons

Ellen DeGeneres’ game show Ellen’s Game of Games is not coming back to NBC. The series launched with an eight-episode order in 2017 and its fourth season, which debuted in October 2020 and ran through May 2021, featured 20 episodes.

Billy Bush ‘Livid’ Over ‘Today’ Snub In 70th Anniversary Video

NBC Schedules Betty White Tribute

NBC will salute Betty White in a primetime special Jan. 31. The 10 p.m. ET/PT special, Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl, will stream on OTT platform Peacock the following day. The special will combine star tributes with clips.

The Power Of Morning Television Endures As ‘Today’ Celebrates 70 Years

Today invented the very idea of morning television, spurring rivals like GMA and CBS Mornings and at least a dozen rise-and-shine shows on cable. Nowadays, TV networks and streaming services are on 24/7, but in 1952, a breakfast hour broadcast was a radical idea. Television was still a new medium. Local stations typically only showed a test pattern at 7 a.m. There was no reason for families to turn on their newfangled TV sets in the morning — until NBC gave them a reason by creating Today. This was a big deal because once they turned the TV set on in the morning, the set tended to stay on — a factor in the stunning rise in video consumption ever since.

‘Quantum Leap’ Sequel Pilot Greenlit By NBC

Scott Bakula may be involved in project, which is set 30 years after the original series. (Photo courtesy Everett Collection)

‘Chicago PD’ Pauses Production After Positive COVID Tests

Filming on Season 9 of the NBC drama Chicago PD was suspended Wednesday after a number of positive COVID tests, including cases in Zone A, which includes the cast and those who directly interact with them.

‘Life Goes On’ Sequel Starring Kellie Martin Lands At NBC

NBC has handed out a put-pilot commitment to a sequel to the former ABC drama, with original star Kellie Martin attached to reprise her role. The potential series hails from writer/executive producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll and is set up at Warner Bros. Television, where the All American showrunner is based with a rich overall deal.

Sinclair Renews NBC And Fox Affiliations

The deals cover 30 markets serving approximately 11 million households and include stations for which Sinclair provides sales and other services to under joint sales agreements or master service agreements.


Could The Final Season Of ‘This Is Us’ Signal (Another) End For Broadcast TV?

Dan Fogelman is not the kind of guy to dwell on his successes. The busy showrunner just doesn’t have the time. As he prepares for the last 18-episode run of his NBC drama series This Is Us, which began its sixth and final season on Jan. 4, Fogelman is also shepherding a new hit, Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, which is in the midst of production on Season 2. Here, Fogelman allows himself a moment to indulge his thoughts on “This Is Us” and its legacy for network television at a time of massive transition.

Seth Meyers Contracts COVID, Show Dark This Week

Meyers tweeted today about his positive result but said he felt fine, thanking the vaccine and a booster shot. He hosted an original broadcast on Monday. NBC has canceled the four shows scheduled from Tuesday to Friday. “Tune in next Monday to see what cool location we will try and pass off as a studio!” Meyers tweeted.

Midseason Ratings Report Card: NBC’s Best And Worst Performing Show

Now that your broadcast-TV favorites are on holiday break, TVLine is looking at how each network’s shows are stacking up thus far in the 2021-22 TV season. Having first eyed CBS, next up is NBC.

Lorne Michaels Considering ‘SNL’ Retirement

The Saturday Night Live boss says the show’s upcoming 50th anniversary could very well be the right time to exit.

Sam Waterston Returns To ‘Law & Order’

District Attorney Jack McCoy is back. Sam Waterston, one of the longest-tenured Law & Order cast members, has closed a deal to reprise his beloved character in the upcoming 21st season of Dick Wolf’s venerable crime drama, which premieres Feb. 24 as part of a Law & Order Thursday lineup. This will mark Waterston’s 17th season on the show as DA McCoy.

NBC To Broadcast USFL Games Along With Fox Under New Multiyear Rights Deal

NBC Sports will televise USFL games along with Fox Sports when the pro football league returns in a new incarnation next spring. Starting in April, NBCUniversal will carry 21 USFL games in 2022, with eight on NBC, nine on USA Network and four on Peacock. Fox will have 22 games, 12 on its flagship broadcast network and 10 on cable’s FS1. The USFL’s 20 national over-the-air broadcast windows will exceed the number for any regularly scheduled sport in the first half of 2022, according to the league.

‘Law & Order’ Revival Adds Camryn Manheim

The Emmy winner joins Anthony Anderson, Jeffrey Donovan and Hugh Dancy in the revival of the NBC series that premieres Feb. 24.

Kate McKinnon Returning To ‘SNL’ This Week Following 7-Episode Hiatus

ABC, NBC Execs On Hybrid Scheduling For First-Year Comedies

Abbott Elementary, American Auto and Grand Crew will all debut in December, then wait several weeks before settling into their regular homes.

NBC Ramps Up Beijing Olympics Marketing Amid Rising Political Concerns In China

Starting this month, much of the marketing has been around TV promotional spots — some 1,529 spots on NBCUniversal channels and networks — yielding 386.3 million impressions, with media value of an estimated $11.1 million, according to iSpot.tv.

‘Law & Order: SVU’s Donal Logue To Return In Season 23