And, of course, "Will & Grace" will go up against the wildly popular "Big Bang Theory" on CBS. As such, NBC has moved This Is Us from its Tuesday night home, a less than desirable time slot, to a prime slot on its Thursday night line-up.
When NBC gets Thursday football, it will shelve its entertainment lineup until early 2018. NBC will try to boost the profile of This Is Us even more by airing a special episode after its February broadcast of the Super Bowl. If that weren't enough, the network is also considering ordering a special Christmas episode of This Is Us during its hiatus - just so fans don't forget about the show during the break. The prime-time averages for the four major broadcast networks so far this season: CBS with 9.7 million viewers, NBC with 8.2 million, ABC with 6.2 million and Fox with almost 6 million.
Sunday has Sunday Night Football.
NBC has announced its fall lineup along with the new series it's picked up... and we bet you'd like a sneak peek. It will be followed by the second season of the Tina Fey-produced "Great News", "This Is Us", and the premiere of Dick Wolf's "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders". Seeing the viewer reaction to the cancellation, NBC execs said, "let's figure out how to bring it back", he said. The night will also have a revival of a past "Must See" favorite, "Will & Grace", which returns to NBC for a 12-episode run with its original cast. "We knew going in we would probably only pick up four", Salke said. The decline in new series orders coincided with renewals for some marginal performers including the freshman comedy "Great News" and sophomore drama "Blindspot". TV also was given a stay of execution after the studio was willing to lower its fee, a person close to the show said. For Warner Bros., "Blindspot" is an important asset overseas so keeping it on the air was crucial.
Comedies "Superstore" and "The Good Place" move to Tuesdays following "The Voice" from Thursday nights.
"ALTERNATIVE SERIES: NBC reloads with Chris Hardwick ("@Midnight", "Talking Dead", "The Wall") and Mark Burnett ("The Voice", "Survivor", "Shark Tank") producing "The Awesome Show" showcasing new innovations; Ellen DeGeneres hosting "Ellen's Game of Games"; Neil Patrick Harris saluting smart kids with "Genius Junior"; and Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman producing "The Handmade Project", in which amateurs will compete doing craft projects. NBC compared the last one to "Thelma & Louise" and "Breaking Bad".
"This Is Us is peerless at the moment and we made a decision to move it to Thursday nights and not just throw it there and hope for the best but strategically to surround it with shows that are really strong", said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, on a conference call with reporters on Sunday morning.