Ben Silverman Explains NBC’s New Standard

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So Lipstick Jungle, My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, Crusoe, Kath & Kim, and Kings have all been ratings debacles for TV's fourth-place network — none of that's important! In a Times piece yesterday on next week's Office non-spinoff Parks and Recreation, NBC wunderkind (and Vulture hero) Ben Silverman explains the new metric by which he gauges the Peacock's performance:

"We're, if anything, doubling down on comedy," Mr. Silverman said in a telephone interview. "We're excited about continuing to be the funniest network on television, even if we're not the most watched."

And by that standard, how can they not succeed? Even if Parks and Recreation somehow fails to be as funny as The Office and 30 Rock, Ben Silverman need only give another interview and NBC's status as TV's most hilarious broadcast network will remain secure.

It’s Not ‘The Office.’ The Boss Is a Woman. [NYT]