Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Breakdown: NBC Sunday in 2021-22 (Weakest Link)

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


2020-21Football Night in America p3Sunday Night Football661
2021-22Football Night in America p3Sunday Night Football851 (+29%)
511 (+30%)928 (+30%)
720 (+30%)917 (+28%)917 (+28%)


Football. Like the Fox package on Thursday, NBC's Sunday primetime games were up year-to-year in raw numbers.


2020-21The Wall (R)Ellen's Game of GamesGood Girls50
2021-22The CourtshipWeakest LinkTransplant31 (-37%)
27 (-33%)41 (-21%)25 (-56%)


NBC aired a random collection of stuff prior to the Olympics, and this lineup actually only aired for the last two weeks of the winter period. Then spring hit and massive disaster The Courtship got moved to USA. Transplant was the only one of the imported COVID filler dramas to make it back to the big four during the 2021-22 regular season, and it didn't exactly justify that decision.


2020-21Ellen's Game of GamesZoey's Extraordinary PlaylistGood Girls48
2021-22American Song Contest (R)Weakest LinkTransplant37 (-23%)
31 (-36%)49 (+18%)29 (-44%)


Weakest Link did not get any more help after The Courtship was gone, trading out a flop lead-in for a repeat of a flop. It was still easily the most competitive of the three hours.

Rating the Ratings

Weakest Link0.20.260.4-62%50flop-52%detail

Weakest Link: This is one of those worst-case scenario timeslot downgrades. It didn't air till more than a year after the last season's finale, it moved to Sunday, and it had absolutely horrific lead-ins. It has improved rather nicely in its summer airings after American Ninja Warrior, so clearly the timeslot explains most of this drop, and it grew by a lot on the lead-ins it was given. I probably would've gone a little worse if we hadn't seen it perk up in the summer but I'll go with Grade: C.

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 Sunday: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

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

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