3 Hours of Dateline on NBC’s Fall Schedule

By Chris Ariens 

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NBC will present its new fall slate to advertisers tomorrow as the network kicks off upfront week in New York.

Adweek’s Jason Lynch has an early look at the 2016 slate which includes 3 hours of Dateline each week: its hour on Friday night as well as two hours on Saturday night. Dateline often gets a Sunday run later in the season as well.

Last night’s Dateline Saturday Mystery drew 4.1 million viewers tying for second place in the women 18-49 demo.

While it typically focuses on stories of American crime and punishment, Dateline is also in production on a limited-run series called On Assignment which features reports from NBC News correspondents. Tonight, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reports from Syria, alongside a recently retired FBI agent, to investigate foreign fighters: American citizens fighting on behalf of ISIS.

NBC News will also see expanded coverage this fall as the 2016 presidential campaign comes to a head. The network will air the three three presidential and one vice presidential debate in September and October, as well as extended coverage on election night, Nov. 8.