This is something I was thinking about last night. As many of you know The Blacklist moved from its great time slot on Monday to Thursday competing opposite Scandal on ABC and I believe CSI on CBS. My first reaction to this was why would NBC do this to one of the biggest shows. Yes, it can be argued that they did this to try to strengthen their Thursday night line up but it could be just the opposite and The Blacklist could lose ratings because of this. I guess only time will tell if the move will pay off, but if it doesn't will NBC put The Blacklist back on Mondays where it performed well or cancel it.
This wouldn't be the first time a show fell victim to a network taking it from a great timeslot and moving it somewhere that doesn't work. I can think way back to the sitcom WKRP in Cincinatti, the show performed well on Monday nights but then was moved to Saturday, where it lost ratings, then was moved again, can't remember where because CBS kept moving it, and before long it was cancelled after four season. The irony from what I have read online after the show went into syndication it was a huge success, no doubt due to the viewers it once had on Monday night findiing it again in reruns.
Then there was the program Ugly Betty on ABC a few years back. The show did well leading off the Thursday night time slot which is more then could be said for any show that came before or after it, well except for Grey's Anatomy which now has the timeslot. But ABC got it in thier head to move it to Friday's and the rest was history well the show was history, it wasn't that long after that it got the ax.
Yes, it could be argued that if we like a show we will follow it wherever it goes. But this isn't always the case, especially today with technology making it possible to watch a program later online. So, why would people stop watching Scandal or CSI to tune into The Blacklist when they can always go catch it later. I don't see this move being a wise one by NBC, and I hope they consider moving the show back where it did well for them and not cancel it as a result of this poor move.