We have to say that when we first heard of the premise of “Better Late Than Never” on NBC this coming season, we did think that it had the potential to be a great deal of fun. Yet, at the same time we were never altogether certain if it was going to be a huge success or not. It was a show about William Shatner, George Foreman, Henry Winkler, and Terry Bradshaw off seeing the world together with Jeff Dye. We knew it’d be funny, but who knew it’d deliver such good ratings in the 18-49 demographic? To date, the show has averaged a 1.6 in the demo, which is astounding and not too far away from shows like “The Bachelorette” and “American Ninja Warrior.” Sure, it has “America’s Got Talent” as a lead-in, but we’ve seen elsewhere (look at ABC and “Mistresses”) that good lead-ins don’t equal ratings.
With all of this in mind, the series is obviously doing something right, we do have to think that the network is going to want to put this show back on the air again. As of right now, what we know is that the network hasn’t officially renewed the show just yet. We like to hope that it’s only temporary.
For now, maybe the biggest challenge would be getting the entire group back together again, but we figure that they could all work something out schedule-wise provided that they’re all still interested. the good news is that given that this is a quick, breezy summer show, it shouldn’t be difficult to find the right spot to schedule more episodes and it would not take as much time for any of the guys to do as a standard show. In looking towards future scheduling, it could air at almost any time (so long as you promote it) and deliver some strong numbers. Maybe some people out there would like to see a rotating panel of legends take part in the show, but for now we’re partial to these for guys. After all, we already know they have the chemistry together! Why change that? There’s a zeal and a spark about them you don’t see elsewhere on TV.