All of NBC’s returning Thursday comedies will be coming back next year. The network today renewed veteran The Office (sans Steve Carell), Parks and Recreation (with Rob Lowe) and Community for next season. They join 30 Rock, which was given an early pickup late last year when the network announced its move to 10 PM. “I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “Along with 30 Rock, they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication. The Office continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television; Parks & Recreation has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to The Office; and Community is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night.”
With all 4 established Thursday comedies coming back and 13 comedy pilots ordered by Greenblatt this development season, the renewal chances of any of the network’s freshman comedies, Outsourced, Perfect Couples and the few that are yet to premiere, including Friends with Benefits and The Paul Reiser Show, are slim to none. And Greenblatt’s statement, anointing Parks & Rec as “the rightful companion to The Office” could be a sign that the comedy starring Amy Poehler may stay in the 9:30 PM slot next season.
The Office is delivering a 4.0/10 in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers and ranks as NBC’s #1 scripted show. The Office is also the #2 most upscale primetime show on the broadcast nets, behind only 30 Rock. Season-to-date, Parks and Recreation is averaging a 2.8/7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall. With its move this season to Thursday’s 9:30 p.m. half-hour, Parks and Recreation is up versus last season by 17% in adults 18-49. Community is averaging a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall.