Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Question, Wednesday 11/14/12: Is NBC Wednesday Getting a Whit Knight?


For the second straight season, NBC had an obvious pairing with sitcom Whitney that for some reason they ignored in the fall. Tonight, for the second straight season, they're bringing that pair together later in the season as Whitney returns at 8/7c to lead into the network's other multicamera comedy Guys with Kids. Is NBC Wednesday getting a "Whit" knight? That's The Question for Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

Whitney in 2011-12 NBC Wednesday 8/7c This Fall
3.3/1.87/1.6 (premiere/average/finale)
2.20 average at 9:30 in fall 2011 (3.17 average Office lead-in)
1.59 average at 8:00 in winter 2012
1.4 -> 1.3 -> 1.1 -> 1.1 -> 1.2
--Animal Practice at 8/7c
1.6 (x 2) -> 1.4 (x 3) -> 1.3
--Guys with Kids at 8:30/7:30c

Whitney ended last season on a decent note relative to its previous results. It was one of the very few 8:00 shows that didn't really seem to get hit by daylight saving time last spring, maintaining its 1.6 level in each of its last couple weeks in late March. And the current NBC lineup at the very least seems more attractive than the Rock Center and Bent-filled March Wednesday lineups in which Whit was managing a 1.6. The show got a decent 2.0 in its last heavily-promoted 8/7c premiere in January (though that was against much less competition). All told, it should have a decent shot to bounce up from what it was getting at the end of last season.

Whitney Over/Under: 1.75.

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22 comments:

Spot said...

Under.

Spot said...

Under.

Spot said...

Under, solely due to irrational optimism. I expect to be wrong.

Spot said...

Could see it doing a 1.7 but 1.8..not so much. Under.

Spot said...

Under due to irrational optimism???

Spot said...

I really dislike Whitney and hope it fails lest NBC start developing similar shows.

Spot said...

OK, thanks, just making sure!

Spot said...

under

Spot said...

Under. Even against a weaker-than-expected X-Factor, I don't think there's enough demo oxygen left for Whitney to gasp at a 1.8.


I'm more curious to see how much audience from last week's Voice-powered Chicago Fire tunes in again this week.

Spot said...

As one of the few Whitney fans on the internet, I want to say over, but there is no way that I see it happening.


Under- 1.6

Spot said...

Spot, can you give us a standings update this weekend?

Spot said...

I am genuinely surprised by the unanimous under votes. It's been heavily promoted and it's a good timeslot, plus it did fine last season facing considerably tougher competition in Idol.

I think the 1.75 over/under is pretty much bang on and if I wasn't clouded by my personal antipathy towards the show then I'd lean over.

Spot said...

Seconded. I'd really like a standings update.

Spot said...

The last time I said under on a comedy that didn't look all that appealing I was right. The time before that time that I did that I got burned. The difference was that that first one was a premiere w/ a reasonably promotable name.


I think I'll just go under. But I'm not wholly confident.

Spot said...

My, this one is difficult. I'm going to say Over.

Spot said...

It's on my to-do list. Will try for this weekend. They were a lot more fun to do when I wasn't getting unanimously beaten every game! :(

Spot said...

I checked the TVMediaInsights game, where most of the reasonable people were saying 1.8ish, and the TVBTN poll where 1.8-1.9 was the most popular guess. Those people are often optimistic but my own prediction was about a 1.7 so I figured this would split it up pretty well. Wrong again!

Spot said...

Under

Spot said...

Everything's been doing so badly lately. As much as I like the show, it's only ever done OK in comparison to other NBC shows, sometimes rising to . I'll say 1.6, which if it dropped to 1.4 would still put it ahead of everything except The Office and the show that follows it. Under

Spot said...

Under, 1.5 - 1.6

Spot said...

Under, a 1.6

Spot said...

Hmmm under :/

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