NBC is making changes to its midseason schedule. Dramedy Parenthood, which was slated to air 4 episodes in January in its regular Tuesday 10 time period, take a break and then move to the Monday 10 PM berth on March 7, will now remain in its Tuesday slot through the end of the season. Law & Order: Los Angeles, which was scheduled to take over the Tuesday 10 PM slot on Feb. 8, will now be held back, with its return date/slot TBD. The decision comes after two consecutive solid showings for Parenthood (2.3 and 2.2 Live + same day 18-49 rating), which came from winter hiatus 21% higher, as well as an OK premiere for Harry’s Law in the Monday 10 PM slot last night (2.1 demo rating and a time slot-winning audience of 11 million). NBC had planned to air only 6 of the 13 episodes of Harry’s Law on Mondays before Parenthood moved in; now it will extend the run of David E. Kelley’s newest legal drama. The move also won’t break Parenthood‘s current momentum. And last but not least, the decision to hold LOLA will give the Law & Order spinoff some breathing room as it is undergoing major creative changes.
On the unscripted side, NBC is moving series America’s Next Great Restaurant from Wednesdays to Sundays after good early feedback for the new series, including at last week’s TCA. It was supposed to premiere on March 16 in the Wednesday 9 PM slot. Now it will debut on Sunday, March 6, at 8 PM, leading into Celebrity Apprentice. It bumps the return of the Jerry Seinfeld-produced The Marriage Ref, which was scheduled to air in the Sunday 8 PM slot. That show is now put on hold. (It could slide into its original Thursday 10 PM slot should NBC’s 10 PM comedy block experiment not work out.) NBC has Chase airing in the Wednesday 9 PM time period for now. It will be succeed by Law & Order: SVU repeats after the procedural after it ends its shortened freshman season. Still no slot assignments/premiere dates for dramedy anthology Love Bites and comedies Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show.
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