Network talks about a possible Season 5.
January 10, 2010 - It's no secret that ratings for Heroes are down in a big way. The show, which had over 16 million viewers at its peak in Season 1, recently dropped below 5 million viewers for the first time.
However, it's also no secret that NBC overall has a ton of problems with its schedule – made all the more apparent as they've decided to admit defeat with The Jay Leno Show and move it out of primetime.
During NBC's executive session at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, the network's President of Primetime Entertainment, Angela Bromstad, was asked about the status of Heroes, which wraps up its fourth season on February 8th. Could it return for a Season 5?
Said Bromstad, "Heroes is a show that we obviously really love. We are sitting down with [series creator] Tim Kring in the next couple of weeks and he is pitching out his view of the next season." Bromstad said they will be, "Making our decision when we see our pilots," adding, "It's been performing very strongly in its 8:00 timeslot, so there's a very good chance it could come back."
Bromastad describing Heroes current status as "performing very strongly" is hard not to be rather stunned by, since few would describe its current situation in those terms. However, with NBC's entire lineup hurting, Heroes does not stand out as badly as it would otherwise – and does better with a young, desirable demographic than much of their lineup. Especially given the Leno situation, and the holes NBC has to fill, Heroes could end up being renewed. As Bromstad notes though, it likely will have to do with how NBC's pilots turn out and how many are ordered to series.