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NBC's Thursday Ratings Hit All-Time Low

NBC's Thursday Ratings Hit All-Time Low

I've always thought of NBC's Thursday night lineup as the most dominant group of shows on TV, from the Must See TV days with "Seinfeld" and "Friends" to the current Comedy Night Done Right block with "The Office" and "Scrubs." But something's gone horribly wrong: Last week's shows drew NBC's lowest Thursday ratings since at least 1987, according to Mediaweek.

I'm baffled, considering that last week was the first time all four comedies plus "ER" were all new since Feb. 21. Plus, ABC's Thursday series — "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" — aired clip shows instead of new episodes.

"30 Rock" and "The Office" are two of the most acclaimed comedies on TV, and "Scrubs" and "My Name is Earl" have huge fan followings. Even "ER" — which I believe should have ended a while ago — was getting good ratings earlier this season, but last week it got trounced by "Shark."

Are people TiVoing the shows and waiting till the weekend to watch? Has there been some kind of massive revolt against NBC's comedies that I've missed? Or are the shows just simply not connecting with very many people? Whether you tune out NBC's lineup or watch it faithfully, tell me why below.


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Guenivere Guenivere 10 years
I LOVE LOVE all four of these shows. Although I watch everything after the fact, only so I can fast forward the commercials. I would be sooo sad if any of these shows got canceled....I agree the rating system should be changed. It is completely outdated.
fozzie007 fozzie007 10 years
We love Scrubs, The Office, Earl and 30 Rock and watch them every week. So do most in my office. I really can't imagine the ratings to be that accurate if it's ranking these shows so low. I'm guessing it's a younger generation watching these shows and that they all heavily use DVRs.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I normally watch NBC Thursday shows and Tivo ABC, but this week I had a migraine and was in bed all night. This isn't my fault, is it?!?
Phil Phil 10 years
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I love the Office and watch it every week even if I have to DVR it. I don't watch any of the other shows. They all just seem like a waste of time.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I didn't watch last Thursday. NHL Playoffs are on!
tiffsniff tiffsniff 10 years
I live for The Office and 30 Rock, and am still a die-hard ER fan. Scrubs and Earl are good, too, so Thursday on NBC is the one night I always watch TV. (Well, that and LOST.) I think they may have screwed up by waiting SO long to have new episodes on any of them. My roommate started watching Ugly Betty and Grey's during the break, and is hooked over there now. I bet there are others who have started watching other shows and just didn't come back because it had been so long.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I don't watch any of these shows.
megmarmor megmarmor 10 years
Honestly, I was kinda bored with The Office this week. While it talked about a serious topic, their normal level of humor was gone. Also, I generally TiVo my Thursday night shows and watch them during ER (I agree, it should have left the air years ago).
Beth1122 Beth1122 10 years
I like The Office and Earl, but I can't stand 30 Rock. I also never watch ER or Scrubs, only catch the reruns. But yeah, even when I do catch the Office or Earl, it's only if Grey's and Betty aren't on. Sorry NBC. I do think they should somehow account for TiVo because I hardly ever watch any of my shows live, they're all recorded.
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
I loved the Office last week but I think Scrubs has been on too long. There have only been two episodes worth watching this season: the episode where everyone debated the IRAQ war and the recent one where nurse Roberts died. My Name is Earl has been lacking this season so far too.................what will NBC do :?
asciident asciident 10 years
The only thing I watch on Thursday nights in Shark (which was excellent last week btw), so...
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
By the way...the little booklet they give you to fill out is pretty complicated -- I wasn't entirely sure what to do.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
My family was requested to participate in the Nielsen's ratings program. It's extremely tedious, and to be honest, I didn't write down anything I'd been watching all week (I mostly made it up). That's not to say that everyone does that, but it's not the most important thing on most people's to do list. They give you a whopping sum of 10$ for chipping in (and no it didn't account for TiVo.) I adore the Office, 30 Rock, and Earl (Though not much into Scrubs). I let the TiVo catch Grey's...although sadly there's not enough room on the schedule for Ugly Betty.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Typically, we record The Office since we're watching Ugly Betty and Grey's, but I'm surprised that last week's rating were lagging. Those who are suggesting that the rating system needs to be revised are probably right on target. Have to agree with Phil, though; an hour-long The Office might breathe some life into the ratings.
blogsap blogsap 10 years
i agree w/ revamping the ratings!!!
bethiesny bethiesny 10 years
They need to completely revise the ratings system. Who are these Nielsen families, anyway? Almost everyone I talk to at work watches all of the NBC Thursday night comedies, and I find it hard to believe my office in unique in America. I think there are about 10 Nielsen families somewhere in Iowa (no offense to those of you in Iowa) and they're all on the payroll at CBS. Blech! And I'm one of those people who is still hanging on with ER. John Stamos = WAY more dreamy and steamy than those guys on Grey's!
blogsap blogsap 10 years
aw, i love the Office (Dwight, you ignorant $lut)& 30 Rock. They have did a LOT of switching w/ times... and ratings don't account for TiVo, right? All I know is I'm doing my part!
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I totally was bummed Ugly Betty wasnt new!
Phil Phil 10 years
I'm also not a fan of 30 rock, so I tend to get caught up on other things while it's on. The Office and Scrubs are can't miss show for me, but they're to the discretion of my DVR because I'd rather watch Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy. I'm not really much of a fan of half-hour shows - they have to be really funny and good, otherwise it's just frustrating how short they are. If NBC could extend The Office to an hour long show, that would be amazing! Then move My Name is Earl to 9:30 and keep Scrubs at 9:00 - that would be the perfect Thursday night lineup. As for the 10:00 hour, I don't think ER is the show that it used to be. It's just droning on, and a lot of people are tired of it no matter how well written and acted it still is.
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
I watched it. I can't believe people missed The Office! I love Scrubs but... it was on at a different time with it and 30 Rock being switched (I personally hate 30 rock) so maybe they tuned in and it was the wrong show and they thought it was old again...? However this week I'm going vacation and leaving Thursday. We had to make sure we had cable in our room so we could watch our thursday line up! hahaha!
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