> almost weekly on NBC's Thursday schedule.
That's NBC. They don't kill shows after 3-4 eps, unlike Fox and CBS (ABC's been known to give things about 6 eps).
Remember this when selecting which "new" shows to spend your time getting familiar with. Give NBC shows first priority.
With a couple exceptions, I don't even watch non-NBC new shows until they've been "certified" a hit show by getting at least the first half-season renewed. It's too aggravating, and it's obvious the Nets (excepting NBC) have no respect of any kind for their viewers.