Rock Center with Brian Williams

Rock Center with Brian Williams Information

Rock Center with Brian Williams is an American weekly television newsmagazine broadcast by NBC and hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. It debuted on October 31, 2011, and aired on Mondays until January 30, 2012. It aired on Wednesdays starting February 8, 2012. It is produced in the Rockefeller Center's "Studio 3B", the same space as NBC Nightly News, and formerly that of the Today Show.

Named after the location of the NBC News headquarters in the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Center, the program is the first new NBC News program to launch in primetime since Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric debuted in 1993.

Rock Center is designed to be more serious than NBC's existing prime time newsmagazine, Dateline NBC, which has increasingly delved into human interest and true crime stories, and has switched from a multiple-story format into a single story format.

On May 10, 2012, NBC announced that Rock Center had been removed from the schedule for the remainder of the May 2012 sweeps period due to low ratings. Three days later, on May 13, 2012, NBC announced that Rock Center would be renewed for a second season during its 2012-13 upfront presentation.

Rock Center is also now being shown on MSNBC.


Notable segments

The program received considerable attention for its November 14, 2011 broadcast, in which Bob Costas interviewed former Penn State Nittany Lions football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky proclaimed his innocence in light of recent child sex abuse charges against him, despite acknowledging inappropriate contact with the victims, and denied the alleged cover-up by his former employers. Sandusky would insist that he is not a pedophile. It was Sandusky's first public interview since the abrupt firing of head coach Joe Paterno the week before, whom Sandusky had served as defensive coordinator under for decades with the Nittany Lions.

The Sandusky interview, entitled Sandusky Speaks, was one of three 2011 Rock Center segments that were nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards in 2012; the other two were State of Shame and The Price of Gold.



The show premiered to a 1.0 adult 18"49 rating and 4.14 million viewers. This is less (in a 18-49 rating) than the 1.2 rating from the show it replaced, The Playboy Club. Rock Center was the third-ranked show in the timeslot behind new episodes of ABC's Castle, and CBS's Hawaii Five-0.

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 10:00pm
Wednesday 10:00pm
Thursday 10:00pm
October 31, 2011
June 28, 2012
3.30 2011-2012 #147 3.95
2 Thursday 10:00pm (2012)
Friday 10:00pm (2013)
September 13, 2012
Spring 2013
2012-2013 TBA TBA

Critical reception

Rock Center with Brian Williams has received mixed and moderate reviews. Metacritic scores Rock Center with Brian Williams a 63 out of a possible 100, defining the series as generally favorable.

Linda Stasi of New York Post gave the series a 3.5 out of 4. Stasti wrote "so smart, so unexpected, so entertaining and yet so informative that you might think you just stepped back in time 20 years". Matt Roush of TV Guide gave the series a moderate review, stating "Substantive without being stuffy, workmanlike but something less than a wow." "Nothing cheesy or sleazy, But nothing really electrifying happened, either.". James Poniewozik of Time also gave the series a moderate, general review, paying particular attention to a closing segment with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. "Rock Center may not be a ratings smash, and not all its experiments may work. But the good news is, Williams and Stewart can both keep their day jobs.". Hank Stuever of Washington Post gave the series a positive review. Stuever wrote "The result was assured, quick-paced and enjoyably flavored with a few spicy dashes of Brian Williams's dry rub.". Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times gave Rock Center with Brian Williams a general, neutral review. Stansley said "Rock Center is still a work in progress, so it's hard to judge how it will fare. But it's already clear that Mr. Williams wasn't chosen to host it because of his stature as a news anchor. Mostly, he is there to draw viewers who think of him as a funny TV personality who sometimes moonlights delivering the news.".

Timeslot changes

Rock Center has changed its nightly timeslot five times since its inception, initially broadcasting on Monday evenings at 10 p.m. ET. The program enjoyed a temporary stint on Wednesday at 9 p.m., until a return to its original timeslot. The programme was later moved back to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, until it was removed from the schedule. With its second season renewal, the program will move to Thursday nights at 10 p.m., following NBC's revamped Thursday evening comedy lineup. Rock Center now airs on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

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