The Good Place


the-good-place-nbcStatus: Returning, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Timeslot: Thursdays 8:30 PM EST
Premiere: TBD
Network: NBC
Starring: Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper
Series Website: www.nbc.com/the-good-place

Description: From Executive Producer Michael Schur (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) comes a smart, unique new comedy about what makes a good person. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Ted Danson, “CSI,” “Cheers”), the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn’t know he’s made a mistake), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or, at least, the pretty good) person within. NBC.com

Note: NBC only ordered a total of thirteen episodes for this show’s first season but it is more expensive to produce than the typical sitcom.

Season End Status: (Updated 1/31/17) The renewal announcement for this show does not come as a complete surprise, but it was also not a sure thing for renewal.  It averaged a 1.3 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic season to date, which is okay but not spectacular (in the link above, Variety incorrectly claims it had a 1.9 average which may have been its Live+3 numbers).  That 1.3 score is under NBC’s average for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat broadcasts as calculated in the Scorecard below, but then that network’s numbers are skewed by The Voice and their breakout hit from this season This Is Us.  If you take those two out of the mix, The Good Place is right in line with the network’s other programming.  It has also been performing in line with average for NBC’s other Thursday shows, a night when the network faces pretty stiff competition.  The Good Place is likely more expensive to produce than the typical thirty minute comedy because of its special effects and the fact that its two leads (Ted Danson and Kristen Bell) likely take home a higher than average salary.  But these days a moderately performing show is good enough for the broadcast networks, and NBC felt comfortable greenlighting this one for a sophomore run.  Its second season will have thirteen episodes like its first in order to keep costs down and will likely bow in Fall 2017.

Season to Date (StD) Ratings Results:

Air Date Airings Live+SD Rtg StD Avg Tot Vwrs (M) Live+7 Rtg Status
9/19/16 1 2.30 2.3 8.0 n/a Renewal Possible
9/22/16 2 1.40 1.9 5.3 n/a Renewal Possible
9/29/16 3 1.30 1.7 4.5 2.1 Renewal Possible
10/6/16 4 1.40 1.6 5.0 2.2 Renewal Possible
10/13/16 5 1.20 1.5 4.2 2.0 Renewal Possible
10/20/16 6 1.00 1.4 3.8 1.8 Renewal Possible
10/27/16 7 1.20 1.4 3.9 n/a Renewal Possible
11/3/16 8 1.20 1.4 3.7 1.8 Renewal Possible
11/10/16 n/a On Hiatus 1.4 n/a n/a Renewal Possible
1/5/17 9 1.00 1.3 3.5 1.7 Renewal Possible
1/12/17 10 1.10 1.3 3.6 1.8 Renewal Possible
1/19/17 11 1.10 1.3 3.6 n/a Renewal Possible

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