After a respectable test run Monday, NBC is moving the Jenny McCarthy sitcom “Jenny” to 8:30 p.m. on that night for the last three weeks of December.
If the Paramount show performs well, there’s a chance “Jenny” will permanently shift from its low-rated 8:30 p.m. Sunday perch early next year. “Jenny” rated an 8.0/12 in homes, up from its 7.0/10 Sunday season average, although its Monday 4.4 young adult rating was below its 4.9 season average in that demo.
NBC believes “Jenny” would fit better on the Monday women’s lineup than on Sunday nights against Fox’s strong young-adults lineup.
Meanwhile, the fates of “Men Behaving Badly” and “The Naked Truth” appear to be up in the air. Brillstein-Grey’s Tea Leoni starrer “Naked” has been ordered for a full season, but it will be off the air the last two weeks of December, with Par’s “Fired Up” moving into its 9:30 p.m. slot Dec. 22 and 29. “Fired Up” will be preempted Dec. 15 to make room for “Jenny.”
On Monday, “Fired Up” was tested at 9:30 p.m., and it retained 98% of its adults 18-49 lead-in, which was far better than “Naked Truth’s” 86% average retention in the timeslot. “Jenny” retained 96% of its young-adult lead-in rating, just slightly below “Fired Up’s” average 97% retention there.
NBC has ordered a few additional episodes of “Jenny’s” Sunday partner “Men Behaving Badly,” but not a full season, and “Men” will be off the air for the rest of December. In place of “Men” and “Jenny,” NBC will run various specials, such as “Bloopers” and “National Geographic,” as well as extra “Dateline” episodes and extended movies.
There’s a chance NBC could replace the “Men” and “Jenny” block with “Bloopers” specials for much of the season.
‘Single’ on slide
Fox is confirming that it won’t pick up any more episodes of the 8 p.m. Thursday sitcom “Living Single,” which has lost 20% of its adults 18-49 audience from last season.
Separately, CBS has scheduled MGM’s midseason drama “Magnificent Seven” at 8 p.m. Saturdays in place of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” starting Jan. 3 with its two-hour premiere. “Dr. Quinn” will return Feb. 28 after the Winter Olympics.
CBS also announced Wednesday that it has extended its exclusive deal with the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” for four years beyond this season, ending in 2002. Four original dramatic specials will air in each of the four seasons of the new pact. “The Hallmark Hall of Fame” has performed especially well for CBS, especially last week’s “What the Deaf Man Heard,” which was CBS’ highest-rated original film since 1991.