1:17pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Delays 'Best Time Ever' Time Slot Move — Again
NBC really is trying to make Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris work.
After delaying the variety hour's move to 8 p.m. by a week, the network announced it will keep the show at 10 p.m. one more Tuesday — before Chicago Fire returns to occupy the slot on Oct. 13.
The network's motivation for keeping the show after The Voice is pretty clear. Best Time Ever has been a strong performer after the reality flagship for the last two weeks, most recently winning the hour among the Big Four with an average 2.0 rating among adults 18-49.
It's done better since the premiere, as well, with the lifted lead-in. 8 p.m., where it will presumably finally air on Oct. 13, is where ABC is airing The Muppets. That show has emerged as the strongest freshman comedy of the season thus far.
Best Time Ever remains a ratings success, but critics have greeted Harris' take on the British format with less enthusiasm.