Netflix's airing of “The Office,”which had been the most-watched TV show on the subscription video-on-demand service, is finally coming to NBCUniversal’s “Peacock” in three options -- as a free, ad-supported and ad-free TV series.
The first two seasons of the nine-season, 201-episode TV series -- which ran on the NBC Television Network from 2005-2013 -- will be available on Peacock’s basic free, ad-supported service. NBCUniversal produced the TV series.
Seasons three through nine will be available through Peacock’s limited advertising option -- for $4.99 a month. Peacock’s third option -- its advertising-free monthly service -- is where the series will be available, and will cost consumers $9.99 a month.
In 2018, “The Office” was the number one-watched TV series on Netflix, amounting to 52 billion viewing minutes for the entire year.
Earlier this year, for the week of March 2-8, “The Office” still posted the best results of any acquired Netflix show -- pulling in a Nielsen-measured average of 240,000 viewers, and 189,000 18-49 viewers.
NBC hopes the return of “The Office”, which will start on January 4, will boost momentum for Peacock.
Another big broadcast network TV series, “Friends”, returned to its producer WarnerMedia from Netflix earlier this year. Reruns of all 236 episodes appeared at the launch of HBO Max in May.