NBC Extends Episodes for Shows

01/22/2010 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 2 Comments
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NBC recently ordered additional episodes of five scripted programs:

Trauma was given four additional episodes, making 20 total for the season.

Law & Order added three, for 23 total.

Parks & Recreation added two, 24 total.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit added two, 24 total.

Community added three, for 25 total.

The rest of their programs are sticking with their current number order.  The Office (NBC‘s highest-rated scripted show) already had been asked for 25, 30 Rock & Mercy will still have 22 each, and Chuck will stay at 19 (which was initially asked for 13 episodes, then NBC ordered 6 more before its third season started).

It should be noted that these additional episodes are not being ordered due to huge ratings success, but more due to The Jay Leno Show‘s cancellation opening back up five hours that need to be filled.  Even with their midseason replacement shows (100 Questions, Parenthood, Persons Unknown, and the miniseries Day One) they’ll need as much content as they can to try and be competitive.

According to Nielsen’s public ratings, NBC is down in every major demo (year-to-date) this season:  2% in total viewers, 7% A18-49, 8% A18-34, 6% A25-54.

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  2. […] With a huge 5-hour/week gap in their schedule, NBC extended the episode order for some primetime shows […]


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