First Night of NBC’s Three-Hour Comedy Block a Success, Ratings-Wise


Looks like NBC’s grand six-show comedy block experiment may be a success, at least when compared to it’s earlier Jay-Leno-at-10pm experiment/disaster. The ratings for the night as a whole were strong, with Community improving its ratings by 16% from its last episode, The Office up 22%, 30 Rock up 29%, and Parks and Rec setting a new series record. The only loser was Outsourced, which had its worst showing ever at the tail end of the block, down 28%. Losing that Office lead-in really hurts, eh?

Here are how many people watched each show, in order from highest to lowest: The Office, 8.3m; Parks and Rec, 6.2m; 30 Rock, 5.3m; Community, 4.7m; Perfect Couples, 4.2m; Outsourced, 3.95m.

Keep it up, good shows! These numbers are good enough to let the Parks and Rec and Community gangs breathe easy, at least for another week.