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NBC Plans to Move 'The Blacklist' to Thursday Midseason

The Peacock Has Struggled to Make Thursdays Relevant

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NBC is hoping to revive Thursday nights by relocating its new hit drama, "The Blacklist" in February.

The broadcaster has struggled to build up Thursday nights, once home to must-watch TV, having canceled its freshman comedies "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" this season.

"The Blacklist," NBC's biggest new hit of the season, will receive a post-Super Bowl time slot before moving to Thursday nights mid-season.

"The multi-pronged strategy behind moving 'The Blacklist,' which has shown enormous linear ratings and record time shifting, is to not only enliven our Thursday night lineup but also create two desirable timeslots -- lead-outs from 'The Voice' and 'The Blacklist',"said Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

"The Blacklist" will start the year on Mondays along with "The Voice." "State of Affairs," starring "Grey's Anatomy" alum Katherine Heigl, will replace "The Blacklist" on Monday at 10 p.m. in February.

"The Voice" will kick off Tuesday nights, followed by the new comedy, "Marry Me," from "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe. Returning series "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire" round out the night.

Wednesdays will be dedicated to procedurals with the new series, "The Mysteries of Laura," starring Debra Messing, along with "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago P.D."

Thursday in the fall will kick off with "The Biggest Loser," two new comedies "Bad Judge" and "A to Z," as well as the final season of "Parenthood."

"Constantine," based on the DC comic, will air on Friday nights along with "Grimm."

Sunday during the first-half of the year will of course be dedicated to "Sunday Night Football."

The network will hold several series for mid-season, including the final season of "Parks and Recreation" and new series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock; "One Big Happy," produced by Ellen DeGeneres; "Mission Control," from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; modern day spy drama "Allegiance," and "Mr. Robinson."

NBC will air several event specials and miniseries including "The Bible" sequel, "A.D.," premiering on Easter Sunday; "Aquarius," starring David Duchovny; and a 13-episode reboot of "Heroes."

NBC is on track to end the season as the most-watched network among adults 18 to 49 for the first time in a decade. It is currently trailing CBS as No. 2 in total audience, averaging 9.4 million viewers in prime time.

The series not returning next season include "Community," "Revolution," "Growing Up Fisher," "Crisis" and "Believe."


(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)


8-10 p.m. — "The Voice"

10-11 p.m. — "The Blacklist" / "STATE OF AFFAIRS" (beginning Nov. 17)


8-9 p.m. — "The Voice"

9-9:30 p.m. — "MARRY ME"

9:30-10 p.m. — "About a Boy"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago Fire"



9-10 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago P.D."


8-9 p.m. — "The Biggest Loser"

9-9:30 p.m. — "BAD JUDGE" ("The Blacklist" beginning Feb. 5)

9:30-10 p.m. — "A TO Z"

10-11 p.m. — "Parenthood"


8-9 p.m. — "Dateline NBC"

9-10 p.m. — "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. — "CONSTANTINE"


8-11 p.m. — Encore programming


7-8:20 p.m. — "Football Night in America"

8:20-11:30 p.m. — "NBC Sunday Night Football"

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