Tuesday was the one NBC night that remained consistently solid even through NBC's very darkest days as a network. While most NBC nights were characterized by crumbling veterans, NBC's relatively young procedural Law and Order: SVU and upstart reality series The Biggest Loser were able to hold up amid the turmoil. And the arrival of The Voice on Tuesday has singlehandedly made the night even stronger than it was at its Biggest Loser/SVU heights.
|2001-02||Emeril||Three Sisters||Frasier||Scrubs||Dateline Tue||104|
|2002-03||Just Shoot Me||In-Laws||Frasier||Hidden Hills||Dateline Tue||88|
|2003-04||Whoopi||Happy Family||Frasier||Good Morning, Miami||Law and Order: SVU||100|
|2004-05||The Biggest Loser Fall||Scrubs||Law and Order: SVU||113|
|2005-06||The Biggest Loser Fall||My Name is Earl||The Office||Law and Order: SVU||117|
|2006-07||Friday Night Lights||Law and Order: CI||Law and Order: SVU||89|
|2007-08||The Biggest Loser Fall||Law and Order: SVU||110|
|2008-09||The Biggest Loser Fall||Law and Order: SVU||112|
|2009-10||The Biggest Loser Fall||The Jay Leno Show||113|
|2010-11||The Biggest Loser Fall||Parenthood||99|
|2011-12||The Biggest Loser Fall||Parenthood||90|
|2012-13||The Voice Tue Fall||Go On||The New Normal||Parenthood||124|
|2013-14||The Biggest Loser||The Voice Tue Fall||Chicago Fire||136|
|2014-15||The Voice Tue Fall||Marry Me||About a Boy||Chicago Fire||120|
2014-15 Update: NBC tried again in fall and spring to launch comedies after The Voice, but got very little to show for it. Marry Me and About a Boy got the axe (their averages using just post-Voice episodes were 89/71), while only the summer import Undateable (84) survived to another season. But Chicago Fire remained resilient with mostly bad lead-ins at 10/9c.
Notable midseason replacements:
- The Office began its long run as a low-rated spring replacement in 2004-05. The season averaged a 72, but if we throw out the post-Apprentice premiere on Thursday, the Tuesday eps averaged a mere 62.
- Season one of Parenthood (94) aired at 10/9c after The Jay Leno Show finished in 2009-10.
- The first season of The Voice showed up right at the end of the 2010-11 regular season and aired almost entirely on Tuesday (plus a couple results shows on Wednesday). It averaged a 182. The show's first all-regular season edition aired its results shows on Tuesday in 2011-12, averaging a 153. (That season didn't start airing on Tuesday till late in the season, hence the lower average compared to other seasons which were on Tuesday from the jump.)