“Kidnapped” has vanished from the NBC primetime lineup, while “Reba” is ready to resurface on the CW.
Just a few weeks after insisting it would let the serialized skein play out for at least 13 episodes in a new Saturday timeslot, the Peacock officially pulled “Kidnapped” from its sked on Wednesday. Repeats of “Law & Order” will fill the slot.
Remaining eight episodes are being produced, and viewers will get a chance to see them — if they have access to a computer. Peacock said it wants to air the remaining segs on NBC.com, with new episodes bowing every Friday.
While Saturday is a low priority for nets, ratings for the two episodes of “Kidnapped” that aired on the night were apparently too tiny for Peacock schedulers. Skein, from Sony Pictures Television, averaged a weak 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, well below the “Law & Order” repeats between which it was sandwiched.
A cable run on NBC-owned nets such as USA or Bravo would seem to make sense, but insiders said the Peacock may yet burn off the episodes on NBC before September. Studios’ international output deals are often tied to whether episodes of shows air on a broadcast network.
The CW says “Reba” will make its bow on the network Nov. 19 with a pair of original segs airing from 7-8 p.m. Starting Nov. 26, weblet will air the Reba McEntire laffer repeats Sundays at 7, with original episodes at 7:30 p.m.
Family-friendly “Reba” — which replaces repeats of “Supernatural” — is a logical lead-in to “7th Heaven,” which now airs Sundays at 8.
However, the CW bombed bigtime with Sunday laffers at the start of the season, forcing the net to shift its comedy lineup to Mondays. Slotting “Reba” on Sundays leaves the impression that the net is essentially burning off the show, which barely made it onto the net’s sked in the first place.