Well, fork a dork: The Good Place’s upcoming fourth season will be its last. The NBC series creator Michael Schur made the announcement Friday night at an Emmy buzz-generating panel discussion in support of the show in Los Angeles.
It’s one of primetime’s biggest mysteries: Why does afterlife sitcom The Good Place keep getting renewed — despite dismal weekly ratings? NBC recently rewarded the series — starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson — with a fourth season, a head-scratcher given that The Good Place averages less than 3 million viewers per week. The answer: streaming. The Good Place is actually one of NBC’s highest-rated shows, averaging around 10 million viewers each week once viewership from other platforms is factored in. That puts it on par with the network’s hit competition show The Voice, which averages between 8 and 10 million viewers each week.
NBC has picked up a fourth season of its popular Thursday comedy series The Good Place, from creator Mike Schur and Universal Television. The size of the episode order is yet to be determined but Schur designed the serialized The Good Place for limited runs, and the show’s first three seasons have consisted of 13 episodes each.
The Universal Television series, now midway through its sophomore year, has been a critical darling and a solid performer in the adults 18-49 demo for NBC in its Thursday timeslot.