Mediaweek TV: NBC Hopes for Hit as Undercovers Underperforms

With J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer, NBC’s new spy series Undercovers should have launched strong.

But its first two Wednesday night broadcasts have underperformed, drawing 8.7 million viewers, and a 2.1/6 among 18-49 viewers in its premiere broadcast Sept. 22, and then dropping to 7.2 million viewers and a 1.6/5 among 18-49 viewers the following week.
 
As the network also struggles with its Monday night lineup—including conspiracy drama The Event and FBI drama Chase—it’s unlikely that NBC can afford to pull such a high-profile series as Undercovers. At least, this early in the season. A back-nine order, however, may depend on improved ratings.
 
In an interview conducted during this past summer’s TV critics press tour, executive producer Josh Reims talked to Mediaweek’s Alan Frutkin about Undercovers.

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