Are there any television viewers left in June? That’s something NBC’s “Revolution” is going to find out when its first season finale ends up not during May sweeps, but instead the first Monday of June.
NBC made the move after pre-empting Monday’s episode following the bombing attack of the Boston Marathon earlier in the day. The network instead had a special on the bombing, and was the only network to pre-empt primetime programming.
But while on the surface, this seemed to be NBC trying to anchor more news coverage of the incident, it seems that a key role in the pre-emption decision was the storyline for Monday’s “Revolution.” Deadline.com reports that “Revolution” was set to air an episode where the characters would try and locate a nuclear bomb. That prompted NBC to pull the episode, delaying it for a week.
Yet, that week is going to be bad for “Revolution.” NBC had delayed the start of the season’s second half so that it could air the remaining 10 episodes consecutively, all after its hit reality competition show “The Voice.”
That put the show’s new episodes right up until the end of the May, with no margin for error. The pre-emption forced NBC to choose whether it wanted to do a night with a double-billing of “Revolution,” or just delay the end of the season by another week. The network chose the delay instead.
The NBC news special earned a 5.6 rating/9 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co. Monday, better than what “Revolution” has been doing in recent weeks.
“Revolution” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.