Airs: Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC
If I could write a one-word review of Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris it would be, “Random.” Random segments with random guest announcer (Reese Witherspoon in this first episode), random audience members, and random people in the background (like “Little NPH” – always in the background, but not really a part of the show per se. What is his role? Is he supposed to be NPH as a kid, or just a kid that is like NPH?)
Speaking of NPH, I like Neil Patrick Harris – Barney Stinson is one of the best TV characters of all time – and he is a well-renowned host. Here, though, it felt like he was trying too hard. He needs to dial it back a smidge, then he wouldn’t seem like a caricature of himself.
There were too many segments with audience members. I realize that the producers are trying to be inclusive, but there is a reason why we aren’t on TV. Audience people suck on camera. The show needs more professional performers. Limit the audience participation to one segment an episode instead of the three or so they had in the pilot episode.
If Best Time Ever has the same segments every week, I wouldn’t watch it. If the segments continue to be completely random, then you might catch a good act or two. It’s like Saturday Night Live – you stay up hoping to catch that one good skit that they have each week. In this case, though, you won’t have to stay up past midnight to watch it (unless you record it and want to watch it after midnight).
WWYT Rating: 5.0
Nielsen Rating: 1.9 I am sure that NBC would be happy with this rating in their 10pm timeslot. However, next week the show moves to its normal time – 8 p.m. Can it lead off a night on its own without the support of America’s Got Talent? Typically, shows decrease in ratings from premiere to second episode, with an earlier timeslot, however, that may not be the case. If the ratings stay around 1.9, I expect that show will be renewed. If it falls under 1.0, probably not. In between, as I expect it will be, and it could go either way. 60% chance of renewal (unchanged from prior prediction).