NBC orders up eight more installments of 'Deal'
Fox has made another appointment with “House,” while NBC appears closer to finally putting “Joey” out of its misery.Elsewhere, Peacock has ordered up eight more installments of “Deal or No Deal,” the Endemol USA gameshow that’s proved adept at helping the net turn on the lights in some tough time periods. Order brings to 30 the total number of segs NBC has greenlit for this season. Extra segs will help NBC keep “Deal” on both Monday and Friday nights for the next few weeks. Peacock was planning to air “Most Outrageous Moments” on Fridays, but the skein will now air Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m. — the timeslot that was to have been occupied for the next few weeks by “Joey.” Opening for “Moments” appeared after NBC execs decided to again pull “Joey” from the lineup following the skein’s disastrous return this week in the new Tuesday slot. Just 4 million viewers tuned in, with the half-hour skein averaging a stunningly weak 1.4/4 among adults 18-49. “Joey,” which had been struggling on Thursdays, will now return to Hiatusville and likely won’t be back until summer, when NBC might opt to burn off the remaining originals. Net still hasn’t confirmed “Joey’s” cancellation, but the writing has been on the wall for some time now. As for “House,” early pickup was a no-brainer for Fox execs. Skein is the first procedural hit Fox has had in years. So far this season, “House” is averaging a 5.3/13 in adults 18-49 and 14.1 million viewers, up a tad from its frosh performance. Numbers have exploded, however, since Fox started airing the show after “American Idol.” While any show would benefit from an “Idol” lead-in, “House” has impressed by retaining more than 70% of the “Idol” aud. Other skeins airing post-”Idol” are lucky to keep half of the skein’s eyeballs.