NBC WARY OF BURYING THE PAIR ON FRIDAY
They were supposed to kick-off their new seasons in the Friday 8 p.m. hour on October 19. But NBC, which is wary of the uphill battle they would be facing on the low HUT-level evening, has put the returns of sitcoms Community and Whitney on hold.
“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks — including winning the first week of the season in adults 18-49 — we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of Oct. 19,” said the network in a statement. “Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week; plus, we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”
Encore telecasts of Grimm will air in the Friday 8 p.m. hour until further notice.