Well, we now know why “Go On” and “The New Normal” were doing as well as they were in the fall, and it was all courtesy of some spinning chairs and Cee Lo Green. Without “The Voice” as a lead-in for the first time all season, NBC’s Tuesday night comedy lineup fizzled so badly it almost looked like NBC’s Thursday night lineup. Was it that viewers assumed that the shows were not on without the lead-ins? It’s possible, but it also may just be that people watched them because they didn’t have anything else to do after “The Voice” was over.
It’s ultimately astonishing to see how far these two shows dropped. “Go On” hit a startling series low of a 1.5, and “The New Normal” did even worse at a 1.3. Both of these shows were defeated by “New Girl” (2.0) and “The Mindy Project” (1.5) on Fox in their respective timeslots, which is the first time that has happened all season long. (Suddenly, Fox’s lineup does not really look so bad anymore.)
Really, this problem from our perspective is just indicative of how terrible a move it was by NBC, Fox, and ABC to all bizarrely decide to air their comedies at the same time. “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” are pretty much dead as a result, and with these new numbers the odds of these two NBC shows have of sticking around are pretty diminished, as well. Even “New Girl,” which was drawing ratings above 3.0 for much of last season, now seems stuck at a series low.
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