NBC has a history of dark, moody shows in its weekend lineups, from the successful shows like “The Profiler” and “The Pretender,” to the ones who didn’t survive, like “The Others.”
Let’s hope “Grimm” doesn’t suffer the fate of the latter.
“Grimm” is a dark fantasy drama series that debuted this season int he dreaded Friday night slot. In live viewership ratings, it’s been faring somewhere between “Smash,” and “The Firm.” Which is to say, not too bad, not too good — kind of the middle bowl of porridge.
But, unlike other shows put in that tough Friday night spot, the show has benefited from a little bit of technology known as DVR, and has become one of the most “DVR-ed” shows on TV. The Nielsen Live + 7 ratings, which count DVR views for seven days after the original air date, show “Grimm” is actually doing quite well, thank you.
In fact, for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, “Grimm” showed the highest percentage of DVR viewer growth in the 18-49 age group with an 86% growth rate from the previous week.
What that translates to is there is something going on with this show, and if you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to rethink that. So let’s get up to speed:
The premise behind the series is that the Grimm fairy tales are real and meant as a warning from a line of monster slayers called Grimms, who have the ability to see the monster side of the creatures when they let their guard down.
To complicate things, one doesn’t even necessarily know that they are a Grimm till their nearest relative is near death or dies, when the latent gift goes active without warning. Enter cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) who suddenly finds himself seeing faces randomly morph into all sorts of nasty things.
His terminally ill Aunt Marie tries to give him as much information as possible, but dies before being able to divulge all the secrets of the Grimms contained in her silver travel trailer. Unfortunately, she attracts some very ugly things following her, like Reapers of the Grimms, not to be confused with the ordinary garden variety Grim Reaper reserved for the rest of us.
Fortunately, Nick finds a reformed “big bad wolf” or “Blutbat” (German for “bloodbath”) who helps fill in a lot of the blanks — and gives us one of the most awesome characters on TV, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell.) Not to mention some comic relief in all that heavy atmosphere.
Unlike other shows wrapping up seasons, we’re only about halfway through “Grimm’s” debut season, so it isn’t too late to catch up . And if you feel like you’ve been missing out, don’t forget your cable TV’s view on demand to see past episodes, or catch some of them online at NBC.
“Grimm” airs Friday nights on NBC at 9 p.m. ET, and the previous week’s episode re-runs every Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET. Subscribe for updates, recaps and previews on your favorite NBC shows.
Check out my exclusive interview with Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe.)