NBC has announced a variety of scheduling changes in preparation of the return of The Voice, the biggest of which is the shifting of its struggling sophomore drama series Smash to the abyss known as Saturday nights beginning April 6. The show will remain in that slot for the rest of its 17-episode season.
The series, which began its second season in February, is averaging a meager 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers total. Those numbers include the last episode, which nose-dived to fewer than 3 million viewers and a .9 rating in same-day viewing. The fat lady is tuning up her pipes on this one, I think.
In its place will be Ready for Love, a new unscripted relationship show from producer Eva Longoria. It will premiere April 9 at 9 p.m. with a special two-hour block, following The Voice.
Go On is also moving, from 9 p.m. Tuesdays to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays after The Office. Nice. It will air two episodes there as a kind of a trial run, on April 4 and 11. The April 4 episode will feature star Matthew Perry reuniting with his Friends wife Courteney Cox.
The Celebrity Apprentice will expand to two hours and stay at that length from the middle of April until the end of May.
Do you think Smash can survive this?