NBC is putting a pin in its plans to launch a Friday night comedy block. The peacock has decided not to move ahead with it previously announced plans to air Community and Whitney on Friday nights from October 19th. According to the network, the move was taken so as to concentrate promotional efforts on Monday – Wednesday, where NBC is having the most success with shows such as Revolution and Go On.
Here is NBC’s statement announcing the schedule change: “Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 — we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of October 19th. Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week — plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”