Grimm’s future may not be grim after all. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt says “I should also say that I think the prospects for Grimm are very good,”.
Based from the latest ratings, Grimm is indeed looking very good. Here are the ratings for the show according to thefutoncritic.com
“Grimm” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. ET) matched its highest 18-49 rating since Dec. 6 (1.6) and delivered its biggest overall audience since that same date (6.323 million). In total viewers, “Grimm” has grown the last two weeks in a row, up versus one week ago by 3% (5.856 million vs. 5.707 million) and up versus two weeks ago by 10% (5.856 million vs. 5.335 million). In the time period, “Grimm” was the top scripted program in adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. L+3 Time-Shifting: Note that “Grimm” is a heavily time-shifted series, with last week’s “Grimm” increasing by 63% going from these next-day L+SD ratings to L+3 (from a 1.53 to a 2.49).”
It’s no secret that NBC is struggling these days. The network used to be the number 1 network with shows like Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, Cheers, and E.R. to name a few.
The network still has great shows like The Black List, Community, Dracula, and Grimm but they are now facing stronger competition from other network channels, cable, and the increase use of the internet.
But the executives of NBC are hopeful that they will rise to the top again. They will show a live musical of Peter Pan, a decision they’ve made after the success of their previous live musical Sound of Music. Greenblatt said that the live musical of Peter Pan will air December 4 and will be produced by Sound of Music executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The original production of Peter Pan opened in 1954 on Broadway and starred Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook and Mary Martin as Peter.
The Tonight Show will also enjoy an overhaul with the current host, Jay Leno, having his last show tonight, and will be replaced by Saturday Night Live alum and outgoing Late Night host Jimmy Fallon. Fallon’s duties as host of the Late Night Show will be accomplished by fellow SNL alum Seth Meyers, who had his last show last on the sketch variety show last Saturday. The new Tonight Show and Late Show will be produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels.
NBC doesn’t have plans yet for Jay Leno as they are still waiting for his final show to end before making any commitments. However Greenblatt said that there are ideas for Leno to host specials and shows that the outgoing Tonight Show could host.
The peacock network is also eyeing new shows to add to their lineup. One is called Emerald City, a drama series that utilizes the lore from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The press release says that “‘Emerald City’ is a dramatic and modern reimagining of the tales that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A headstrong 20 year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.”
Another show that NBC is interested about is The Slap which is a mini series based from an Australian drama. Jon Robin Baitz writer of the new show describes it as “a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it.”