So, is 30 Rock struggling in the ratings or what? In celebrating the return of 30 Rock and The Office two weeks ago (our two favorite comedies! Though, seriously, if How I Met Your Mother keeps sneaking in Canadian content like last night's Crash Test Dummies joke, it's going to crack the top two), we mentioned that "one show . The Office , has grown into a hit (now with a forthcoming spinoff) while the other , 30 Rock , remains that kind of fragile suckling that critics coddle but that America never quite warms up to." One commenter took exception to this characterization of 30 Rock as a "fragile suckling," especially in comparison to The Office. And some new ratings numbers on 30 Rock's return provide a more complete diagnosis of the show's health, just in time for the news that the show is moving to a new, later time slot. (More on this below!) For 30 Rock fans, it turns out to be a fortunately/unfortunately scenario.
Fortunately, the ratings for the show's most recent airing, last Thursday, April 17, were up 24 percent from this time last year. America's catching on!