Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Breakdown: NBC Sunday in 2022-23 (Magnum P.I., The Blacklist)

It's time for a journey through the NBC Sunday schedule in 2022-23...


2021-22Football Night in America p3Sunday Night Football851
2022-23Football Night in America p3Sunday Night Football1071 (+26%)
652 (+27%)1149 (+24%)
900 (+25%)1156 (+26%)1156 (+26%)


Sunday Night Football, welcome to quadruple digits.


2021-22The CourtshipWeakest LinkTransplant31
2022-23DatelineMagnum P.I.The Blacklist63 (+101%)
75 (+173%)71 (+72%)43 (+69%)


CBS rescued Magnum P.I. from cancellation on CBS, and while they didn't get as strong a show as it had been in the CBS Friday hammock, it did send NBC back in a positive direction after several years of abject misery on Sunday night. The Blacklist joined it at 10/9c, improving hugely on last year's acquired drama but still way down from its own Friday results.


2021-22American Song Contest (R)Weakest LinkTransplant38
2022-23Dateline (R)Magnum P.I.The Blacklist50 (+33%)
52 (+65%)58 (+19%)41 (+23%)


Magnum fell off somewhat hard late in its season, as a steady diet of 0.3's from the winter dropped into the 0.2's on at least a couple occasions.

Rating the Ratings

Magnum P.I.*
The Blacklist*

Magnum P.I.: Magnum gave NBC the closest thing it's had to a Sunday beachhead in four years, but it was still a big step down from its whole CBS run. Was it enough to justify the cost? It doesn't really seem so, as NBC announced the show will end after the last ten episodes of its initial order. Those eps will air on Wednesdays at 9/8c while the Chicago series are delayed by the strikes. Grade: C.

The Blacklist: The Blacklist finally got exiled to the toughest timeslot on the network, and it was not pretty (though still better than Transplant). The season average got a boost from its last run of episodes, on Thursday after the end of the regular season, though those episodes were still a good bit weaker than its Thursday run in 2021-22. 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 | 2021-22

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

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