Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Breakdown: NBC Thursday in 2015-16 (Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, Shades of Blue and more!)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Thursday schedule in 2015-16...


2014-15The Biggest LoserBad JudgeA to ZParenthood68
2015-16Heroes RebornThe BlacklistThe Player84 (+23%)
93 (+25%)103 (+81%)57 (-23%)

The revival of Heroes was front-loaded and fell to bubble levels by season's end, but it was still a definite improvement on most of what NBC has been airing on Thursday since The Office. And a stable fall for The Blacklist got a chance to run up some huge gains relative to last year's dud comedies Bad Judge and A to Z. The gains promptly ended at 10/9c with weak newbie The Player.


2014-15The Biggest LoserThe BlacklistAllegiance79
2015-16You, Me and the ApocalypseThe BlacklistShades of Blue78 (-1%)
50 (-31%)102 (-10%)83 (+62%)

The Blacklist continued to hold up well early in the winter, as You, Me and the Apocalypse wasn't too big of a problem at least at the start, and Shades of Blue brought some real interest to the 10/9c hour. Most of Apocalypse's true megabomb results came after Blacklist embarked on a lengthy hiatus. And that hiatus made Shades of Blue's continued 1.0+ results look all the better.


2014-15DatelineThe BlacklistDateline72
2015-16StrongThe BlacklistGame of Silence59 (-17%)
47 (-28%)87 (-5%)44 (-24%)

Blacklist had at least one respectable companion in the first two sections of the season, but not so much in spring when it was joined by Strong and Game of Silence. Despite huge flops in both surrounding hours, it was down just a bit in Plus for the spring episodes.

The Shows

Heroes Reborn1.01.272.087marginaldetail
You, Me and the Apocalypse0.50.691.247flopdetail
The Blacklist1.21.431.8-31%98marginal-20%detail
The Player0.70.831.257flopdetail
Shades of Blue1.01.171.880marginaldetail
Game of Silence0.50.711.449flopdetail

Heroes Reborn: It beat the last season of the original series in Plus, which goes down as a good result considering how fast that show was decaying. But the network had enough other successes this season that I agree with their decision to not roll the dice again with this limited series.

You, Me and the Apocalypse: This year's textbook of example of "the media isn't good at interpreting series premiere ratings." Felt like we were gearing up for a five-year run based on all the lauds that 1.2 got!

Strong: Not strong.

The Blacklist: This show set a high standard on Monday after The Voice, and I think the general sense is that it has not lived up to that billing on Thursday. But getting league average-ish ratings essentially on an island should not be discounted. The massively DVRed series is heading for 10/9c, which will probably further hurt its ability to get ratings counted within the Same Day window. Grade: C+.

The Player: Not a player.

Shades of Blue: Nice work with a ton of repeat lead-ins in the second half of the season. Season two is headed for Sunday at midseason. If nothing else, Chicago Justice should at least be a consistently original lead-in?

Game of Silence: Silent.

The names in this last table link to the shows' War of 18-49 pages. Links with an asterisk(*) have been updated with the new info. Updates to younger shows will come later in the summer.

Check back tomorrow for this day's new Schedules Plus! Till then, you can refer to the old version.

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