It’s not often that we open a ratings story by talking about repeats, but this is a rather special case considering that the fall TV season is coming up fast, and we want to see how some new shows are going to fare.
When NBC first aired their pilot for the Matthew Perry comedy “Go On,” they did so during the Olympics in a time period that was relatively fluid — therefore, the people who were watching it were already there rather than actively seeking it out. On Tuesday night, the network tried a little bit of both strategies to repeat the pilot — they put it on after a high-rated show in “America’s Got Talent” (even though the show dropped this week to a 2.5), and they also put it on at a specific time slot in 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
Overall, the show did pretty well for a repeat. Its 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic was better than some new episodes of NBC shows like “Community” and “30 Rock” this spring, and even if it drops in the final numbers, this bodes well for Matthew Perry finally having a hit after “Friends.” Meanwhile, “Animal Practice” did okay following “Go On” with a 1.0.
Elsewhere on TV, the main things to know were that “MasterChef” and “The L.A. Complex” stayed steady with their 2.4 and 0.2 ratings, and that “NY Med” did the same thing on ABC with a 1.0. This is really why we led off with “Go On” — it’s not an exciting time for TV ratings, and it’s always nice to analyze something that will matter down the road.
Do you think a 1.4 is a good number for a comedy repeat, especially when it is NBC we are talking about here? If you want to look back at the “Go On” premiere ratings, be sure and click on the story here.