Big Bang Theory Back Bang on Time With New Gang

TV2’s unprecedented same week-as-the-US season premiere of The Big Bang Theory anchors what will be a new-look Wednesday night on the network.

The two-hour comedy block is being retained but will revert to a 7.30 start with new lead-ins to TBBT: The Middle and black-ish.

They resume from October 7, the same night TV2 will dump Mike & Molly and Brooklyn Nine-Nine for season two of The Flash.

Airing within 24 hours of the US, it will rate higher than the last drama to air in that slot, Once Upon a Time.

The network’s breaking up The Flash’s Thursday partnership with Arrow, season four of which will launch 9.30 on October 8.

Arrow’s new lead-in will be season three of British hit The Undateables.

The changes will strengthen TV2’s mid-week ratings after tinkering with the comedy block saw its popularity dip, with Two and a Half Men losing steam and newcomers like Marry Me, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Benched failing to fire.

While 2 Broke Girls is the block’s next most popular comedy, TV2 is sticking with Mom in its 9.00 slot rather than fast-tracking the latest 2BG season (instead, it is stripping 10.30 weeknight re-runs from the beginning).

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6 Responses to “Big Bang Theory Back Bang on Time With New Gang”

  1. 2 Broke Girls is a mid-season replacement this year in the States, so TV2 couldn’t give it the Big Bang treatment. They could still do so when it starts next year. (Although depending how well Life in Pieces does, it might be back on US screens in November.)

  2. Thanks for pointing that out, Aaron. I should have remembered that but rashly accepted IMDb’s September launch date for 2BG as gospel.

  3. I’m surprised TV2 isn’t airing Big Bang on a one-week delay – in November it’s going to slide back to its normal Thursday timeslot in the US, forcing TV2 to air a single repeat one week rather than air a continuous run-up until the Christmas hiatus.

  4. That’s one of the drawbacks for NZ networks of fast-tracking US shows — they’re vulnerable to external scheduling vagaries they can’t control. But rather than a BBT re-run, I imagine TV2 will double up eps from one of its other comedies that night.

  5. Hey, Philip, tell me something. Now we are getting Best Time Ever and Rupaul’s Drag Race. But are we getting at least one new drama this 2015 (maybe Rush Hour)?

  6. TV1 has The Player starting Tuesday but TV2 is focusing on returning hits (Empire, The Walking Dead, The Flash, Arrow) and looks to be holding back on new dramas until the new year, so it has something shiny and new for its traditional new season while giving untested fare time to bed down in the US. Expect many of these to screen first on TVNZ Ondemand.

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