After a season in which it's poised to finish No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time since the end of "Friends" 10 years ago,
The network boasted of triumphs including freshman hit 'The Blacklist," "The Sound of Music Live!", the Sochi Winter Olympics and
He highlighted the network's 21% growth in overall viewers, a strong enough improvement to put it in second place behind most-watched
Key to the network's resurgence was the
Also pivotal was the smooth handover of "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon. As Greenblatt put it, "Jimmy is killing it" in his new time slot, with ratings in the demo up 82% after 12 weeks. According to NBC, Fallon also continues to beat combined averages of "Late Show With
Greenblatt also touted Meyers' ratings performance. His "Late Night" is up 35% in the 18-to-49 demographic.
Looking ahead at the new season, Greenblatt noted that NBC's lineup would remain relatively stable in the fall, with "The Blacklist" in its current time slot at 10 p.m. and the debut of a handful of "noisy and sophisticated" new shows, including relationship comedies "Marry Me" and "A to Z," the lightly comedic
Moving at midseason into coveted post-"Voice" time slot currently held by "The Blacklist" will be the
The network "held back several of our best assets for midseason," said Greenblatt. These include space-age comedy "Mission Control," conspiracy thriller "Odyssey," the
Also in the pipeline at NBC are a number of limited series and specials. The Biblical epic "A.D.", which producer
NBC will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of
"I know a lot of people were rolling their eyes about it, right until the numbers came in," Greenblatt said of the live musical starring Carrie Underwood, which became an surprise ratings smash and Twitter sensation.
On Dec. 4., producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will be back with "Peter Pan," and Greenblatt also announced plans to tackle "The Music Man" in the future.