NBC Moves Community Finale into May Sweeps

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Well this is Changsteresting…. NBC has moved Community‘s Season 3 finale up a week, to May 17, thus landing it within the May sweeps ratings period.

In doing so, NBC “added” a half hour to the acclaimed comedy’s season-ending night, by tacking the double-episode finale onto the episode that was to precede it.

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In other words, the night will look like this:

8:00 Community — “The First Chang Dynasty”
8:30 30 Rock season finale
9:00 Community — “Introduction to Finality”
9:30 Community — “Digital Estate Planning” (season finale)

The Futon Critic first reported on NBC’s move.

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The “loser” in this shuffle is, in a way, Awake, which was to have a double-episode finale on May 17, starting at 9 pm. Instead, the underperforming freshman drama will now air the second hour on May 24 aka the night after sweeps ends.

Mind you, NBC will have announced all of its renewals (and thus cancellations) for next TV season by Monday, May 14.



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Comments (42)

  • I don’t know whether we’re supposed to see this as a vote of confidence for Community or a vote of dissent for Awake.

    Comment by Luke – April 27, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d say it was a vote of confidence for Community. I could be wrong but it’s numbers have been up this season? I never really got into Awake.

      Comment by Randall – April 27, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Definitely a wise move. Community has been getting at around a 1.4 lately, while Awake got a .8 last night. Neither is a good rating by any standard, but it least it’s a small upgrade for a sweeps night.

        Comment by Brandon – April 27, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d say both. They expect that Community will perform better than Awake during sweeps, and rightly so.

      Comment by Alex – April 27, 2012 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • by the time this finale airs — it’s fate will have already been decided.

      Comment by sam – April 27, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, let me make sure I’ve got this straight: There’s going to be 3 episodes of Community on May 17?! Is this NBC trying to help the show or just put an end to it more quickly?

    Comment by Jessica (@MetropoLois) – April 27, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It indicates the that NBC has confidence that Community will perform so well as to keep a high rating throughout the night during a sweeps week.

      Comment by Adam – April 27, 2012 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And I think putting one 30 Rock episode in between the first and the last two episodes is a way to try to get more Community fans into 30 Rock. That’s actually not a bad strategy, even if it’s on the season finale.

        Comment by Mitholas – April 29, 2012 04:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good deal for Community. An almost entire night. Maybe NBC isn’t going to drop this show after all. What a relief.

    Comment by Ken Palminteri – April 27, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think next year will be their last. 4 years of a show about college will be a perfect amount and a natural ending point.

      Comment by Ari – April 27, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 6 seasons and a movie

        Comment by kraw hitham (@_krawhitham) – April 27, 2012 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • twelve seasons and a theme park

          Comment by josh – April 27, 2012 09:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • twenty four seasons and a universe

            Comment by Raksha – April 28, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  
        • That’s Cougar Town (as introduced on Community but still).

          Comment by Philipp – April 30, 2012 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do you have any details on why they are airing the supposed season finale, ep 322 “Intro to Finality” at 9 pm and then airing episode 321 at 9:30? Is that a bad sign about anything – like renewal chances or the content of these episodes?

    Comment by Robert Dougherty – April 27, 2012 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think those numbers are production codes. They often shoot episodes out of order, so the numbers don’t necessarily reflect the chronology of the Greendale universe.

      Comment by Jessica (@MetropoLois) – April 27, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But TV Line itself made it clear in its season finale list that the Community finale was the episode that turned out to be “Intro to Finality” And the title alone is a dead giveaway of what the ep is designed to be. Yet NBC is switching them around for now anyway – and if that isn’t a clue as to its renewel chances, one has to wonder what it says about the eps themselves, if anything

        Comment by Robert Dougherty – April 27, 2012 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Good point. I don’t know what that means. I can only hope that the Powers That Be are on top of this and will make sure the the episodes air in the proper order.

          Comment by Jessica (@MetropoLois) – April 27, 2012 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s not out of the intended order. It was always set up to be a two-parter that was supposed to happen a week apart. Now, it’s happening on the same night. Not anything to fret over. It’s a big vote of confidence to have the finale air during sweeps. As long as they keep up the quality we’ve seen over the past few weeks, Season 4 is gonna happen.

          Comment by rowan77 – April 27, 2012 10:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is very exciting and sad at the same time. We have three episode on one night to enjoy…and then to wait after summer for season 4 hopefully! Thursdays are my favorite day because of Community. Great show!

    Comment by Aileen – April 27, 2012 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey Matt, do you know when the season finale of Awake is going to air since the two-hour finale was supposed to be on May 17th?

    Comment by kevin – April 27, 2012 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It says in the above story.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – April 27, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I just laughed so hard.

        Comment by rochelle – April 27, 2012 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Actually, FOX has announced a two-hour season finale of Touch on Thursday, May 31
    8:00/7:00c.

    Comment by Balaji K – April 27, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Didn’t mean to spam this here. Sorry.

      Comment by Balaji K – April 27, 2012 09:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooh, good, I don’t work that night, that’ll be perfect, then! Interesting to have all those shows crammed together into one evening, but hey, I ain’t complaining! If this is NBC’s way of showing confidence in the series, that makes me happy and hopeful. Looking forward to the 17th!

    Comment by Angela – April 27, 2012 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It does mean the double pump of “Community” at 9 pm and 9:30 pm will air against the highly promoted season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” with it being the possible final episode for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo.

    Comment by ROB R – April 27, 2012 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I kinda feel like the two probably don’t share many viewers

      Comment by Alex – April 29, 2012 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC is a mess. I’m glad Community gets it’s finale into sweeps, but it sucks for Awake, which I also really like and which might perform better in an earlier time slot. The show doesn’t really need to be at 10, not for content reasons anyway.

    Comment by Mike – April 27, 2012 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wake is a pretty good show that has the potential to be a great show, but they’re blowing it. He can’t be right all the time. It’s boring. You know he’ll always work it out so the suspense is tempered too much. And now the whole baby thing – snore. I think they need fresh eyes and NBC has to be willing to let them go all out on the stories. It’s not like the ratings for the network can get much worse.

      Comment by rowan77 – April 27, 2012 10:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh, just kill it already.

    Comment by John – April 27, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kill yourself. And then die.

      Comment by TigerNightmare – April 28, 2012 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t like the fact that they do it…8, then 9 then 930

    Comment by Nicole MacGregor (@destinoscelgo) – April 27, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s what she said.

      Comment by Rock Golf – April 29, 2012 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I usually like to do multiple viewings of Community just to catch everything before the next ep airs, but I can live with it. And 9:00 is a better timeslot for me for the finale. I’m not really worried about renewal chances at this point with all the votes of confidence. (Don’t fail me now TVLine).

    Comment by em – April 27, 2012 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So before it was changed to the 17th was Community just going to have a hour finale on the 24th and be the lone original show for NBC that night? That would’ve been a crappy deal.

    I wish ABC would air Cougar Towns finale during sweeps

    Comment by Ram510 – April 27, 2012 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 3 community episodes on one night?!?!?!?
    YES! YES! YES! YES!

    Comment by Polly – April 28, 2012 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They need to add a two hour special of Parenthood during sweeps week. It is their second highest scripted drama, pretty much tied with svu and slightly behind Smash.

    Comment by Bert – April 28, 2012 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My only wishes this season were renewals for Fringe and Community.
    We’re halfway there.
    (Ooooh, living on a prayer! :P)

    Comment by Sarabi – April 30, 2012 06:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Question how does Digital fit between Dynasty and Finality? At the end of Dynasty Troy goes into exile to the air-conditioning repair school. In Digital nothing hints at him being there – at the end he’s with Abed in the study room. And then in the beginning of Finality he’s clearly not in contact with the group anymore.

    Please explain.

    Comment by DJ Doena – May 18, 2012 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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