Netflix Poaches UK Rights To NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’

The Night Shift is changing homes here in the UK.

Sony Channel, who aired the show’s first three seasons, has lost first window rights to the NBC medical drama to Netflix UK. The streaming service acquired The Night Shift in a deal with international distributor Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has confirmed.

Just as they do with the all of their exclusive acquisitions, Netflix UK will make new episodes of The Night Shift available to stream shortly after their U.S. broadcast. The season four premiere is now available to watch, with new episodes being added every Sunday. The Night Shift airs on NBC state-side on Thursday nights.

The Night Shift follows the night shift team of doctors and nurses at San Antonio Memorial’s emergency room who are anything but ordinary. The drama series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., JR Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf. Season four picks up just 48 hours after the season three final and finds the crew navigating the consequences of their decisions.

While in years past Netflix UK only had a couple of U.S. acquisitions (with Breaking Bad being the flagship show), they have rapidly increased their footprint in this area of late; making them more of a threat to more traditional UK buyers such as Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky. For now, Netflix UK has been focussing on drama, but word has it that they are pursuing UK rights to a “big, broad” U.S. network comedy, setting the stage for a potential bidding war with Channel 4 for Young Sheldon.

Netflix UK’s growing roster of U.S. acquisitions now includes: ABC’s Designated Survivor, Starz’s Power, CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, The CW’s upcoming Dynasty reboot, Freeform’s Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, AMC’s Better Call Saul, Hallmark’s Good Witch, BBC America’s Orphan Black, Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, The CW’s iZombie, Freeform’s Beyond, The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores, The CW’s Riverdale and USA Network’s Queen Of The South, amongst others.

  • Carl Waring

    Confused. Aren’t streaming rights and broadcast rights separate? Couldn’t Sony have kept the latter and Netflix the former?