For the first time in nine years, NBC beat all the other major networks in the 18-49 demographic during the 2012 fall broadcast season premiere week. (CBS was first in total viewers.) And while CBS, ABC, and Fox have all suffered a decrease in that demographic and overall ratings since this time last year, NBC is up.
To celebrate, the Peacock announced that it has committed to making more episodes of three of its new hit shows. J.J. Abrams and Erik Kripke’s sci-fi drama “Revolution” and freshman comedies “Go On” (starring Matthew Perry) and “The New Normal” (from “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy) have all been picked up for full seasons. All three series benefit from following singing competition “The Voice” as a lead-in. April Webster is the casting director for “Revoultion,” while CD Susie Farris casts “The New Normal” and “Go On.”
“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on ‘Revolution,’ not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement, adding, “And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down—if only for one hour a week! We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of ‘Go On’ and ‘The New Normal.’ In partnering with Matthew Perry for ‘Go On,’ creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in ‘The New Normal’ that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup.”
Meanwhile, HBO has renewed “Boardwalk Empire,” its hit Prohibition-era gangster drama, for a fourth season. Meredith Tucker is the casting director for the series, while Grant Wilfley Casting hires background talent.
And fresh from winning “Outstanding Special Class Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs” at the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Adult Swim has renewed Rob Corddry’s “Children’s Hospital” for a fifth season. The cable channel has also ordered a third season of Paul Scheer’s “NTSF:SD:SUV.”