In an interview with The TV Page, Hayes blamed NBC’s low circulation, particularly on Thursday, for the domestic comedy’s lackluster start.
“To me, (the show) is working,” Hayes told the site. “It’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room which is ,’How do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.”
NBC’s ratings have been a reliable punchline for a few years now, but the fact is that’s just not all that true anymore. On the strength of football, “The Blacklist” and “The Voice,” NBC finished the first month of the new TV season as the top-rated network among young adults.
But NBC’s Thursday comedy block has put up woefully low ratings, with new shows toplined by Michael J. Fox and Hayes failing to generate much heat, particularly against “The Big Bang Theory” juggernaut on CBS.
NBC has already pulled 8:30 p.m. newcomer “Welcome to the Family.” “Sean Saves the World,” which airs at 9 p.m., has averaged a meager 3.4 million viewers.
Hayes’ comment is notable in light of the business his Hazy Mills production banner has with the Peacock apart from “Sean Saves the World.” Hazy Mills also produces the drama “Grimm” and gameshow “Hollywood Game Night.”
Although critics were harsh in their assessment of “Sean Saves the World,” Hayes described it to TV Page as “the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now.”