NBC Locks Up Core Shows

Despite a poor season, NBC has decided to bring back four of its key shows. The network announced the re-signing of “Crossing Jordan,” “Las Vegas” and “Joey” for another year. In addition, NBC confirmed the renewal of “West Wing” and the two-year extension for “ER.”

“The continuing quality and popularity of these series make them the mainstays of our year-to-year schedules,” says NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. “Coupled with our innovative current development plans, we feel we have the right mix of returning and fresh, new breakout hits for a promising 2005-06 schedule.”

“Joey” has been a bit of a disappointment this year, averaging 11.1 million viewers. Many considered thought its renewal was doubtful.

“Las Vegas” has averaged 11.7 million viewers per week in its second season. Those numbers are almost the same when compared with its first season.

“Crossing Jordan” has provided done well Sundays despite poor lead-ins, averaging 12.1 million viewers despite strong competition from ABC’s “Boston Legal.”

This is not the first announcement concerning NBC’s schedule for next year. A number of shows — including “Scrubs,” “Will & Grace,” freshman drama “Medium” and the first three “Law & Order” series — had already been picked up for next season. “American Dreams” and “Committed” appear to be dead and the future of “Third Watch” and “Medical Investigation” is uncertain.

Credit: Zap2It

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