blacklist-thursday-nbc-predictions.JPGFor the first time since “Friends” went off the air in 2004, NBC is going to end the season as the top-rated broadcast network among adults 18-49 — even if the Winter Olympics is factored out of the season-long numbers. For a network that endured a decade in the ratings mire, that’s no small feat.

Two huge reasons for the win are “The Voice,” which has cemented its spot as the top-rated talent competition on TV, and “The Blacklist,” which scored solid ratings even without “The Voice” as a lead-in and has a massive DVR gain each week. NBC also shored up a couple of its 10 p.m. spots with “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD,” and even the modestly rated “Parenthood” notched an improvement in its Thursday timeslot vs. last season.

Despite all that, NBC still has some large holes on its schedule, most notably on Thursday nights. That’s why, in our first round of fantasy scheduling for 2014-15, Zap2it makes the following proposal: Move “The Blacklist” to 9 p.m. ET/PT Thursdays and use it as a launching pad for a new drama or two.

In that scenario, we’d hold “The Blacklist” until slightly later in the fall, after CBS exhausts its eight-game NFL schedule on Thursday nights. “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” could each play out their final seasons in the prior hour with little ratings pressure — nothing’s likely to touch the NFL (or “The Big Bang Theory,” once it returns there), so give them a farewell lap and put a lot of marketing muscle into the launch of two new comedies in early 2015.

“The Voice” can continue serving as a springboard for new shows — a drama on Mondays and a comedies on Tuesdays — while Wednesdays becomes Dick Wolf TV with the two Chicago shows sandwiching “SVU.” “Grimm” remains the Friday anchor, and after this season’s desultory returns with dramas on Sundays post-football, a reality block gets another shot there.

NBC will officially announce its 2014-15 schedule on Sunday (May 11); until then, tweet us your thoughts on this version (all times are Eastern/Pacific, with new shows in italics).


8 p.m. “The Voice”
10 p.m. “Mysteries of Laura” (fall)/“Heroes Reborn” (spring)



8 p.m. “The Voice”
9 p.m. “Marry Me”
9:30 p.m. “About a Boy”
10 p.m. “Parenthood”


8 p.m. “The Voice”
9 p.m. “Marry Me”
9:30 p.m. “A to Z”
10 p.m. “State of Affairs”


8 p.m. “Chicago Fire”
9 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU”
10 p.m. “Chicago PD”



8 p.m. “Community”
8:30 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9 p.m. “The Blacklist”
10 p.m. “Odyssey”


8 p.m. Untitled Tina Fey/Ellie Kemper comedy
8:30 p.m. “Mr. Robinson”
9 p.m. “The Blacklist”
10 p.m. “Allegiance” (aka “Coercion”)


8 p.m. “Dateline”
9 p.m. “Grimm”
10 p.m. “Hannibal” or “Constantine”



7 p.m. “Football Night in America”
8 p.m. “Sunday Night Football”


7 p.m. “Dateline”
8 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”
9 p.m. “Celebrity Apprentice”

Posted by:Rick Porter