Monday, August 15, 2022

The Breakdown: NBC Friday in 2021-22 (Home Sweet Home, The Blacklist, Dateline)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Friday schedule in 2021-22...


2020-21American Ninja Warrior (R)Dateline62
2021-22Home Sweet HomeDateline60 (-3%)
37 (-25%)72 (+5%)72 (+5%)


With only one hour up for grabs, NBC tried Ava DuVernay reality series Home Sweet Home in October, but it had a rough four-week run of all 0.2's and got shipped off to Peacock. The Wall ended up filling in for a handful of weeks, but mostly the timeslot was just treading water in anticipation of the return of The Blacklist after the new year.


2020-21The BlacklistDateline59
2021-22The BlacklistDateline73 (+24%)
58 (+3%)81 (+33%)82 (+35%)


The winter had more filler in the 8/7c hour leading into the Olympics, and then The Blacklist finally returned to the night in late February after airing nine Thursday episodes in the fall/early winter. Dateline actually had some of its most impressive episodes in January after the random stuff.


2020-21The BlacklistDateline60
2021-22The BlacklistDateline64 (+8%)
48 (-12%)73 (+17%)73 (+17%)


The Blacklist dropped off in the spring, posting 0.2's for the majority of its post-DST eps. Dateline also took a spring dip, but still handily stayed ahead of last year's pace.

Rating the Ratings

Dateline Fri*0.30.370.5-8%73solid(Fri)+16%
The Blacklist*
Home Sweet Home0.20.190.2

Dateline Fri: Really solid ratings all season, and the one segment that wasn't as stellar (fall) was probably held back by the Home Sweet Home lead-in. After several years in the 60s, this took Dateline Friday back to its high-end historical ratings from circa 2016-18. Grade: A-.

The Blacklist: Already updated.

Home Sweet Home: Shipped to Peacock after 4 episodes. Not a lot of stuff gets pulled from the schedule prematurely these days, so I think I have to go Grade: F.

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.

Previous Breakdowns for NBC Friday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

Here's the now updated Schedules Plus for NBC Friday.

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