The NBC Television Tournament: The Winner Is…

A month after the tournament began, we now have a winner.  A total of 118 votes were cast throughout the game, with 19 of those votes coming in the final round.

Without further adieu, the winner is….

It was the closest final round we’ve ever had.  A total of 19 votes were cast, ten (10) of them going to Friends and nine (9) of them going to Cheers.  That’s right, only one vote separated the two shows.  Congratulations to Friends for its terrific win!  A congratulations is also in order for Cheers – a great run that came up just a bit short.
I would like to thank everybody who participated in this tournament.  Without you, I could not have made it a huge success.  I look forward to bringing everyone another tournament in March 2014!
Here are the results, which were private throughout voting:


The NBC Television Tournament: The Championship

One week from today, we will have named NBC’s Best Thursday Night Comedy of All Time!

The Final Four featured Friends, Frasier, Cheers, and Will & Grace.  Which two will go head to head to claim the title?  Check out the results below the jump!

Friends and Cheers!  Two of NBC’s biggest comedies of all time will vie for the title of Tonight on TV’s ‘NBC’s Best Thursday Night Comedy of All Time.”

September 24, 1994 until May 6, 2004
10 seasons, 236 episodes
Number of seasons in top ten: 10
Series finale: 52.5 million viewers
Spinoff: Joey (two seasons)

September 30, 1982 until May 20, 1993
11 seasons, 270 episodes
Number of seasons in top ten: 9
Series finale: 93.0 million viewers
Spinoffs: Frasier (eleven seasons)
The Tortellis (one season)

In the Tonight on TV Tournament
Friends win percentages: 73%, 73%, 100%, 75%
Cheers win percentages: 91%, 73%, 73%, 56%

Total votes: 16

Results from the Final Four
Friends (75%) vs. Frasier (25%)
Cheers (56%) vs. Will & Grace (44%)

The NBC Television Tournament: The Final Four

NBC’s logo during the 1980’s

We have moved into the Final Four.  You voted for your favorites and now we are one step closer to crowning ‘The Best NBC Thursday Night Comedy of All Time’.

The Final Four will be revealed after the jump.


Total votes: 11

Total upsets (defined as a higher seed defeating a lower seed, e.g. 15 defeating 2): 1
Will and Grace (#3) defeated Seinfeld (#1)

This is the second round in a row that Will & Grace staged an upset.  The comedy previously defeated A Different World (#2).  It is the only show to defeat both a #1 and #2 seed.

Biggest blowout(s):
By a margin of 100% to 0%
Friends (#1) defeated Mad About You (#2)

This is the first time in any tournament that there has been a unanimous decision.

Closet game(s):
By a margin of 55% to 45%
Will & Grace (#3) defeated Seinfeld (#1)

Newest show still remaining:
Will and Grace (#3) (premiered in 1998)

Oldest show still remaining:
Cheers (#1) (premiered in 1982)

Prediction for the Championship Round:
It’ll be a close race between Friends and Frasier, but I think Cheers will easily defeat Will & Grace.  My prediction for the Championship is between Frasier and Cheers (how about that for a final game – spinoff meet the mother show).

Results from the Elite Eight
Friends (100%) vs. Mad About You (0%)

Frasier (64%) vs. Family Ties (36%)

Cheers (73%) vs. Parks and Recreation (27%)

Seinfeld (45%) vs. Will & Grace (55%)


The NBC Television Tournament: Elite Eight

The Sweet Sixteen is complete!  Only eight shows remain.  Which four will move on and which show will win it all?  You decide .


Total votes: 11

Total upsets (defined as a higher seed defeating a lower seed, e.g. 15 defeating 2): 2
Parks and Recreation (#7) defeated Taxi (#6)
Will & Grace (#3) defeated A Different World (#2)

This is the second round in a row that both Parks and Recreation and Will & Grace pulled an upset.

Biggest blowout(s):
By a margin of 91% to 9%
Frasier (#1) defeated Caroline in the City (#4)

Closet game(s):
By a margin of 55% to 45%
Mad About You (#2) defeated Wings (#3)
Family Ties (#2) defeated Night Court (#3)

Newest show still remaining:
Parks and Recreation (#7) (premiered in 2009)

Oldest show still remaining:
Cheers (#1) (premiered in 1982)

Prediction for Final Four:
Friends (#1), Frasier (#1), Cheers (#1), and Seinfeld (#1)

It’ll be the first time in Tonight on TV history if all the number one seeds move onto the Final Four.

Results from the Sweet Sixteen:
Friends (73%) vs. Suddenly Susan (27%)
Wings (45%) vs. Mad About You (55%)

Frasier (91%) vs. Caroline in the City (9%)
Night Court (45%) vs. Family Ties (55%)

Cheers (73%) vs. The Office (27%)
Taxi (36%) vs. Parks and Recreation (64%)

Seinfeld (73%) vs. My Name is Earl (27%)
Will & Grace (82%) vs. A Different World (18%)

If you wish to see the full bracket, go to the Sweet Sixteen round!
Elite Eight voting has ended.  The survey closed with 11 votes and the totals were published on the Final Four page.  The survey for the Elite Eight is being left open for anyone who wishes to look, but any votes cast after the closing time are not included in the overall totals.  If you see a number response with anything other than 11, it means someone voted after the survey closed.  Thanks for your understanding! – RJ

Changes (Again)

After sticking with the previous layout for more than a few months, I decided the dark wasn’t quite inviting.  Now, I introduce you all to the new Tonight on TV .

Below, I have given a list of items that are new to the site or will be coming within the next week.  If they are not yet installed, they will be in italics with the expected launch date listed to the right of the item.  It is my hope that the new template is easier on the eyes and brings additional readers to the site.  It is an exciting time at Tonight on TV!

– The new template is much brighter than the old black one and has the look and feel of a Windows product (think of the Windows Phone by Microsoft).  All images are in a light black color until you scroll over the image, allowing the site to be cohesive and keep its simple blue color most of the time.  Clicking on the play button (upper right hand corner of the image) allows you to read the article, as does clicking the article title.

Facebook (by April 5th) and Google+
– Tonight on TV is expanding to the other major social networking sites.  Tonight on TV is already on Twitter (as @yankeesrj12) and just created a Google+ account (as RJ TonightOnTV).  A Facebook account will be ready within the next two weeks.  All social networking accounts can be accessed on the right hand side of the site or on the banner at the top of the site.  The Facebook account is not yet created, so there is no link provided at this time.

Feedburner (TBA)
– There is a Feedburner by Google spot available on the blog.  I’m not sure just yet if I plan on using it, but I’m leaning toward simply removing the program (or at least the spot it owns on the template).

– Tonight on TV did not have a search engine for the past six months, but its back!  You can search for anything on the site by clicking the magnifying glass in the upper right hand of any page.

– You can access all the major networks main websites through the toolbar at the top that says ‘Broadcast Networks’.  I do not endorse any of the networks, their links are simply there for quick access!   Cable networks may be added in the coming days, but I will limit it to 8-10 should that happen.

Affiliates (TBA)
– If anyone wants to affiliate, I’m all in.  I am opening up a spot for any website to go on the top toolbar and it will be a direct link to your site.  If you simply want your link there (without an affiliation) I’ll do that too!  I will do anything to help bring more readers to your website.

The blog is BEST using Google Chrome.
The social networking links are NOT available on Internet Explorer.
For mobile devices a special site IS now in service.
As for Firefox, I do not have any information on how the site works.