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6th May '18 8:15:09 PM SuperEquality07
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* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', an obscure cartoon that aired on Creator/CartoonNetwork from 2000 to 2002, suffered this quite a lot throughout its run. The first nine episodes aired at a decent time on the "Cartoon Cartoon Friday's" block. However, the last four episodes of the first season were delayed several months to Sunday evenings for no given reason. The show was initially cancelled after its first season because of low ratings. However, it was at the last minute greenlit for a second season, which began airing with the same time slot. Inevitably, the ratings became even worse, and after the second season, the show was gone.
30th Apr '18 7:40:10 PM Lightblade
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** Tom did poke some fun at its timeslot on one ValentinesDayEpisode, noting that if you were at home watching TV on a Friday night, then your romantic plans must have fallen through.
28th Apr '18 9:17:39 PM jormis29
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* ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}'' was an aversion for the first two seasons, and was only cut short by ExecutiveMeddling and Linda Hamilton getting written out.

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* ''Series/{{Beauty and the Beast|1987}}'' was an aversion for the first two seasons, and was only cut short by ExecutiveMeddling and Linda Hamilton Creator/LindaHamilton getting written out.
28th Apr '18 6:05:37 PM C2
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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' was an early aversion, a hit show airing on Fridays at 9:30 pm. It helped that it was TheFifties, and also that ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' had been a hit on CBS Radio's Sunday Night lineup for at least four years prior to the show ''also'' airing on television.


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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'' was an early aversion, a hit show airing on Fridays at 9:30 pm. It helped that it was TheFifties, and also that ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' had been a hit on CBS Radio's Sunday Night lineup for at least four years prior to the show ''also'' airing on television.
28th Apr '18 6:00:51 PM C2
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' survived being moved to an 8:30 Friday night timeslot for its second season thanks to a letter-writing campaign (following a short-lived sitcom ''Accidental Marriage'', then a primetime edition of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''), but could not survive being moved to 10:00 on Fridays for its third season, where its [[NoBudget slashed budget]] (due to lower ad rates and higher salaries for the stars) prompted the departures of most of the series' writers. Gene Roddenberry resigning as line producer, since he could see the writing on the wall. Its [[VindicatedByReruns success in syndication]] would leave NBC regretting losing such a CashCowFranchise, which due to mergers and acquisitions is now owned by rival CBS (with Paramount Pictures retaining film rights).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' survived being moved to an 8:30 Friday night timeslot for its second season thanks to a letter-writing campaign (following a short-lived sitcom ''Accidental Marriage'', then a primetime edition of ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''), but could not survive being moved to 10:00 on Fridays for its third season, where its [[NoBudget slashed budget]] (due to lower ad rates and higher salaries for the stars) prompted the departures of most of the series' writers. Gene Roddenberry resigning Creator/GeneRoddenberry resigned as line producer, since he could see the writing on the wall. Its [[VindicatedByReruns success in syndication]] would leave NBC regretting losing such a CashCowFranchise, which due to mergers and acquisitions is now owned by rival CBS (with Paramount Pictures retaining film rights).
7th Mar '18 11:00:38 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Creator/{{Fox}}'s ''Series/AmericanIdol'', at the height of its run, produced a variation on this trope. Executives at other networks referred to it as the "Death Star", as its dominance of its timeslot was so massive that it crushed all competition. It was well understood among TV critics that scheduling ''any'' show opposite ''Idol'' was the equivalent of airing it on Friday night, i.e. that the network had little faith in the show and was just burning off episodes before its inevitable cancellation. This only ended in the 2010s when its ratings started to decline, with other networks using shows like ''Series/ModernFamily'' and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' to attack and, by 2016, eventually bring down television's Death Star.
24th Feb '18 1:13:06 PM DavidDelony
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Another potential aversion of the Friday night curse is the emergence of on-demand video services in the 2010s such as Netflix and Hulu, where TV shows can be watched at one's convenience.

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Another potential aversion of the Friday night curse is the emergence of on-demand video services in the 2010s such as Netflix and Hulu, where TV shows can be watched at one's convenience.
convenience. Back in the days of physical video rental, the busiest times for video stores were Friday and Saturday nights.
21st Feb '18 10:15:22 PM jormis29
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* In 1999, a very well-acted, well-produced modern update of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' debuted on CBS. The show was titled ''Series/NowAndAgain'', and featured an intricate and tightly-woven running premise, stellar acting by Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert, Kim Chan as one of the most surreal sociopaths in TV history, and cameos by the likes of John Goodman and Mick Foley. It was an intelligent, thought-provoking show, which downplayed the premise's gimmick in favor of more real, dramatic interactions between the major characters. ...but its timeslot was 9pm on Friday, with absolutely no lead-in to speak of, and the network cut back on promoting it in the second half of the season (to the point where some viewers had ''no idea'' new episodes were airing). It faded away with little fanfare after one season and would only surface years later in repeats on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]].

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* In 1999, a very well-acted, well-produced modern update of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' debuted on CBS. The show was titled ''Series/NowAndAgain'', and featured an intricate and tightly-woven running premise, stellar acting by Eric Close and Dennis Haysbert, Creator/DennisHaysbert, Kim Chan as one of the most surreal sociopaths in TV history, and cameos by the likes of John Goodman and Mick Foley. It was an intelligent, thought-provoking show, which downplayed the premise's gimmick in favor of more real, dramatic interactions between the major characters. ...but its timeslot was 9pm on Friday, with absolutely no lead-in to speak of, and the network cut back on promoting it in the second half of the season (to the point where some viewers had ''no idea'' new episodes were airing). It faded away with little fanfare after one season and would only surface years later in repeats on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]].
18th Feb '18 12:24:28 PM KizunaTallis
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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' creator Carlton Cuse (Executive Producer of Series/{{Lost}}) specifically blames this for the show's demise. However, this is a strange example - the pilot movie was so popular, the network actually ordered additional episodes. Cuse blames the flawed ratings system for incorrectly counting the show's fans, and unfortunately since it aired in the era before DVD releases gave a better gauge of popularity, it couldn't be revived. (amusingly, the show Fox scheduled trying to get residual audience from ''Brisco County Jr.'' is listed in the Aversions folder)

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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' creator Carlton Cuse (Executive Producer of Series/{{Lost}}) specifically blames this for the show's demise. However, this is a strange example - the pilot movie was so popular, the network actually ordered additional episodes. Cuse blames blamed the flawed ratings rating system for incorrectly counting the show's fans, and unfortunately unfortunately, since it aired in the era before DVD releases gave a better gauge of popularity, it couldn't be revived. (amusingly, the show Fox scheduled trying to get residual audience from ''Brisco County Jr.'' is listed in the Aversions folder)



* ''Series/DarkAngel'' made Jessica Alba a minor star and had good ratings. Then Fox moved it to Fridays. When they canned it, they replaced it with ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Alba fans were not pleased.

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* ''Series/DarkAngel'' made gave Jessica Alba a minor star career boost (as well as a smaller one to Creator/JensenAckles) and had good ratings. Then Fox moved it to Fridays. When they canned it, they replaced it with (ironically enough) ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Alba fans Fans were not pleased.pleased, to say the least. Of course, the show's SecondSeasonDownfall didn't help matters either.



* Despite having a large number of well-known character and a fast-paced narrative, the action/drama series ''Fastlane'' was canceled midway through its Friday run due to skyrocketing costs for each episode (more than $2.6 million per episode)., and ended on a cliffhanger.

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* Despite having a large number of well-known character and a fast-paced narrative, the action/drama series ''Fastlane'' ''Series/{{Fastlane}}'' was canceled midway through its Friday run due to skyrocketing costs for each episode (more than $2.6 million per episode)., and ended on a cliffhanger.



* ''Series/FreakyLinks'' was a paranormal drama where a man ran his own website, which chronicled strange urban legends and the circumstances behind his brother's death. The show began airing on Fridays, and was canceled midway through the season due to low ratings.

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* ''Series/FreakyLinks'' was a paranormal drama where a man ran his own website, which chronicled strange urban legends and the circumstances behind his brother's death. The show began airing on Fridays, Fridays and was canceled midway through the season due to low ratings.
21st Dec '17 3:50:09 PM WillKeaton
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* The US version of the GameShow ''Series/{{Duel}}'' was originally a series of specials that ran on weekdays during prime time (similar to the initial run of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire?'') with a finale on a Sunday night. Its second season ran on Friday nights at 8:00 PM. The ratings numbers '''halved''', and ABC canceled it.

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* The US version of the GameShow ''Series/{{Duel}}'' was originally a series of specials that ran on weekdays during prime time (similar to the initial run of ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire?'') ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'') with a finale on a Sunday night. Its second season ran on Friday nights at 8:00 PM. The ratings numbers '''halved''', and ABC canceled it.
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