ClockBlockers! This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. NBC finally announced the premiere date for ‘Timeless’ Season 2 and their decision is getting mixed reviews from fans.
After months of begging for an earlier time-slot, fans are baffled as to why the family friendly show will now air Sundays at 10 p.m. beginning on March 11. Was I surprised by the news? Yes, but I am not disheartened by it. Here’s why…
According to the press release, it looks like NBC has taken the fans’ advice…just with a grain of salt.
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 22, 2018 – Looking to create strong family-friendly viewing on Sundays beginning March 11, NBC will air its annual three-hour “American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World” special at 7 p.m. ET/PT and conclude the night with the highly anticipated second-season premiere of “Timeless.”
As previously announced, family viewing continues Sunday, March 18 with the second-season premiere of the hit alternative series “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey, and the debut of the Neil Patrick Harris-led gameshow “Genius Junior.” That will be followed by “Timeless,” whose 10-episode season will air each week at 10 p.m. Sundays.
Last year’s telecast of “American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World” ranked as the #1 non-sports-related show of the night on the broadcast networks in adults 18-49 and in “live plus seven day” figures, the special rose to a 1.4 rating in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall.
In its first season, “Timeless” averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.0 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research. “Timeless” tied for #1 versus regular broadcast competition in its timeslot in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. It also generated strong high-income and high-education audiences, indexing at a 124 among adults 18-49 living in $100K+ homes and a 126 among adults 18-49 with four or more years of college (with 100 representing an average concentration of those viewers).
Critics heaped praise on the show’s first season. The Washington Post said the series was “casually fun and intriguingly executed,” the Los Angeles Times said “Timeless” was a “high-minded adventure thriller” and The New York Times called the show “a good-natured science-fiction adventure series.”
The network agrees that ‘Timeless’ is a wonderful show for viewers of all ages, which is why they are ending their new night of “family-friendly” viewing with the Time Team’s adventures. As the high praising press release suggests, NBC is taking the late timeslot into consideration. They observed how the show’s ratings increased with “live plus seven day” viewings. You know what that means? There is still tons of hope for Season 3!
This announcement comes with a built-in asterisk next to the 10 p.m. timeslot. NBC knows they may not have a huge turnout the night a new episode airs because kiddies will need to go to bed for school and many adults have work early in the morning. They also know ‘Timeless’ comes with a die-hard fanbase, which has grown even larger between seasons. If the show doesn’t deliver at 10 p.m., NBC will not assume it is under-performing. Instead, they will wait to see those ratings soar over the next few days.
It is also a good sign that ‘Timeless’ has not been disregarded as a summer filler show. A spring air date offers an extra show of support and faith in our beloved series.
Bottom line: Have no fear. Season 2 will prove to be even bigger and better. As long as viewers show up during the week, the Lifeboat will have more mileage for Season 3.
What do you think ClockBlockers? Are you bummed? Do you have faith in NBC? Does reading the press release offer any comfort? Share your thoughts below!