NBC has made some big changes to its upcoming schedule in an effort to win back viewers, particularly on Thursday nights.
Traditionally a night full of comedy, NBC has shifted freshman hit The Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays to try to reclaim a night that used to be dominated by the Peacock network. Thursdays are highly valuable to advertisers looking to market shopping sales or a movie's premiere weekend. To bolster The Blacklist to a wider audience, it will be taken off the air in mid-November (until then it will run on Mondays) and re-launched on Thursday, February 1, 2015 to follow Super Bowl XLIX.
NBC may be currently losing on Thursday nights, but it still had something to brag about as it's currently leading in the 18-49 rankings, the first time it has done so in a decade.
When it comes to its new shows, State of Affairs (starring Katherine Heigl) seems to be getting the biggest push as it landed the Monday 10pm slot after The Voice. Marry Me (starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino) will follow The Voice on Tuesday nights. NBC will use Fridays to launch Constantine, a 10pm drama based on the DC Comics character, played by Matt Ryan.
Several shows not on the line-up are being held as mid-season replacements. These include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, One Big Happy, Mission Control, and Mrs. Robinson.
NBC's Full Fall 2014-2015 Schedule (shows marked with * are new, all times are EST)MONDAY8-10pm "“ The Voice10-11pm "“ The Blacklist / State of Affairs* (beginning Nov. 17)TUESDAY8-9pm "“ The Voice<9-9:30pm "“ Marry Me*9:30-10pm "“ About a Boy10-11pm "“ Chicago FireWEDNESDAY8-9pm "“ The Mysteries of Laura*9-10pm "“ Law & Order: SVU10-11pm "“ Chicago P.D.THURSDAY8-9pm "“ The Biggest Loser9-9:30pm "“ Bad Judge* (The Blacklist beginning Feb. 5)9:30-10pm "“ A to Z*10-11pm "“ ParenthoodFRIDAY8-9pm "“ Dateline NBC9-10pm "“ Grimm10-11pm "“ Constantine*SATURDAY8-11pm "“ Encore programmingSUNDAY7-8:20pm "“ Football Night in America8:20-11:30pm "“ NBC Sunday Night Football