Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

NBC Has a Hit with The Voice; What's That Mean For Their Comedies?

The Voice is officially a hit for NBC: it's ratings increased 10% from its impressive debut for its second episode, beating the likes of Glee and Dancing with the Stars. Regardless of how you feel about the show, it's great news for NBC, who has needed a hit very badly for a very long time. Here's the question that's relevant to our interests: what does this mean for NBC's comedies?

On the one hand, this takes the pressure off of the Thursday night lineup to be the breadwinners for NBC, as The Voice can be the moneymaker that pays for the less popular but more prestigious fare. On the other hand, if NBC thinks it can just fill its lineup with more musical competitions and get better ratings, that isn't great.

Rreally, I think this is a positive thing. NBC isn't going to give up on comedies completely no matter what, and the success of The Voice does nothing to inform how they'll select which sitcoms make it to the network. They may try more stuff like this in the future, but Thursday night isn't where they'll put it. If this huge, breakout hit was a middling multicam sitcom in the vein of $#*! My Dad Says, we'd have reason to worry. But I'm happy to see the broadcast network that "gets" comedy better than any other have some major success for once, even if it's not from a comedy program

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  • Jason Farr@facebook

    I agree with you. My concern is that they're about to ruin their chance of a better future by moving The Voice to 10pm. But I think, for it's first episode, they got more viewers during the 2nd hour which was the 10 o'clock hour. Anyway, my concern is that it won't work and will kill their climbing back to the top of the ranks which will hurt the future of great NBC comedy. NBC, for me, is the best network for comedy. I just wish they'd stop messing around and keep the 8-10 block Community, Parks and Rec, The Office and 30 Rock so they can solidify having the best night of comedy.

  • ChipSuey

    Let's not worry about this. NBC has proven time and time again that they are incapable of making bad programming decisions. Nothing can possib-lie go wrong.