NBC orders full season
After just two airings, NBC’s “Heroes” has become the first frosh skein to score a full-season order.Also Thursday, ABC announced a new premiere date for half-hour comedy “Big Day,” NBC was poised to move “Kidnapped,” and Fox confirmed its post-baseball pre-“American Idol” sked. At the Peacock, net execs said they were sufficiently encouraged by the second-week perf of “Heroes” to go ahead and pick up the show’s back nine segs. “Heroes” is tied with ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” as the top-rated new series in adults 18-49 (5.7 rating/14 share). “Heroes” has “delivered exceptional ratings since its premiere and we’re even more impressed with the quality of the upcoming episodes,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly. “We have complete confidence in creator-executive producer Tim Kring.” “Heroes” has won its 9 p.m. Monday timeslot in both airings and dropped just 7% from its premiere in week two. Show, from NBC Universal TV Studio, revolves around people who discover they possess extraordinary skills. Kring created the show with Dennis Hammer. Cast includes Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter and Milo Ventimiglia. Meanwhile, ABC announced that “Big Day,” which was originally slated for Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the fall but bumped (along with “Notes From the Underbelly”) to midseason, will now bow Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 p.m. That’s the slot that had been set aside for another newcomer, “The Knights of Prosperity.” But ABC recently decided to push that show to midseason to give it a more proper launch (Daily Variety, Oct. 4). That means “Big Day,” from Sony Pictures TV, will now be paired with Ted Danson starrer “Help Me Help You.” In other scheduling news, Fox confirmed its post-baseball lineup (Daily Variety, Oct. 5) and revealed the nonscripted skein that will take over “Justice’s” Wednesday 9 p.m. slot: trivia-based gamer “The Rich List.” Also Thursday, the CW confirmed that it would swap its Monday and Sunday lineups (Daily Variety, Oct. 5). Meanwhile, the fates of NBC’s “Kidnapped” and CBS’ “Smith” were expected to be decided by Friday. One scenario floating late Thursday had NBC moving “Dateline NBC” into “Kidnapped’s” Wednesday 10 p.m. slot while shuttling “Kidnapped” to Saturdays at 8 (where “Dateline” has been airing) as early as Oct. 21. NBC declined comment. (Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)
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