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21st Sep '17 7:16:51 AM JoeDavis
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* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Creator/JimHenson's take on ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'', spent its first four weeks on Friday nights at 8:00pm in the Spring of 1989. This, along with Main/ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a confusing show structure, led to extremely low ratings. NBC attempted to move the show to Sunday nights as a replacement for the series ''Spoony Spoon.'' The ratings for ''Henson Hour'' prices to be even lower for its fifth episode, and was quickly cancelled. NBC agreed to burn off the remaining episode over the Summer, but only aired four of the remaining seven episodes. An earlier attempt at promoting the series via a crossover with ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' proved to be pointless, as the ''Cosby'' appearance didn't air until a year after the cancellation of ''Henson Hour.''

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* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Creator/JimHenson's take on ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'', spent its first four weeks on Friday nights at 8:00pm in the Spring of 1989. This, along with Main/ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a confusing show structure, led to extremely low ratings. NBC attempted to move the show to Sunday nights as a replacement for the series ''Spoony Spoon.'' The ratings for ''Henson Hour'' prices proved to be even lower for its fifth episode, and was quickly cancelled. NBC agreed to burn off the remaining episode over the Summer, but only aired four of the remaining seven episodes. An earlier attempt at promoting the series via a crossover with ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' proved to be pointless, as the ''Cosby'' appearance didn't air until a year after the cancellation of ''Henson Hour.''
21st Sep '17 7:15:19 AM JoeDavis
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* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Creator/JimHenson's take on ''Series/WaltDisneyPresents'', spent its first four weeks on Friday nights at 8:00pm in the Spring of 1989. This, along with Main/ExecutiveMeddling that resulted in a confusing show structure, led to extremely low ratings. NBC attempted to move the show to Sunday nights as a replacement for the series ''Spoony Spoon.'' The ratings for ''Henson Hour'' prices to be even lower for its fifth episode, and was quickly cancelled. NBC agreed to burn off the remaining episode over the Summer, but only aired four of the remaining seven episodes. An earlier attempt at promoting the series via a crossover with ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' proved to be pointless, as the ''Cosby'' appearance didn't air until a year after the cancellation of ''Henson Hour.''
11th Sep '17 1:20:55 PM dangerdan97
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Some networks and shows manage to find a surprising amount of success on Fridays. Creator/{{CBS}}'s family-friendly ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' has done respectably. Creator/{{NBC}}'s successfully moved ''Series/LasVegas'' from Monday nights to Fridays, as its large, dependable fanbase was willing to follow it and lots of celebrity guest appearances helped boost ratings. Creator/{{CBS}} has a history of major Friday successes, such as the lineup of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' and ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were also able to make Saturday nights work with a 1970s lineup that included ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow''. Creator/{{ABC}}'s family comedy ''TGIF'' block in TheNineties, with such shows as ''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', and ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', was perhaps the most spectacular subversion of the Death Slot, as Friday night was not only a moneymaker for the network but also one of its few success stories in what was otherwise a ''decade''-long slump.

Cable shows, which can cater to narrow niche audiences, have always had more luck on Friday than network TV. Creator/AdultSwim's Friday lineup and Creator/USANetwork's ''Series/{{Monk}}'' and ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Friday airings are both critical and audience successes. SciFi Channel's Sci-fi Friday lineup is one of their best ratings blocks. Both the ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' TV series met with great success in this lineup, as did the imported ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', and even the re-airing of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' in 2005, the network's 2nd-highest rating in the November UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} despite its availability on DVD. More recently, ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' and ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' have both succeeded in the Friday night lineup.

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Some networks and shows manage to find a surprising amount of success on Fridays. Creator/{{CBS}}'s family-friendly ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' has done respectably. Creator/{{NBC}}'s successfully moved ''Series/LasVegas'' from Monday nights to Fridays, as its large, dependable fanbase was willing to follow it and lots of celebrity guest appearances helped boost ratings. Creator/{{CBS}} has a history of major Friday successes, such as the lineup of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' and ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were also able to make Saturday nights work with a 1970s lineup that included ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow''. Creator/{{ABC}}'s family comedy ''TGIF'' block in TheNineties, with such shows as ''Series/FamilyMatters'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', and ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', was perhaps the most spectacular subversion of the Death Slot, as Friday night was not only a moneymaker for the network but also one of its few success stories in what was otherwise a ''decade''-long slump.

slump. And let it not be forgotten that ''TheXFiles'' was born in this timeslot on Creator/{{Fox}}, and grew its legendary fanbase here for three years before moving.

Cable shows, which can cater to narrow niche audiences, have always had more luck on Friday than network TV. Creator/AdultSwim's Friday lineup and Creator/USANetwork's ''Series/{{Monk}}'' and ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Friday airings are both critical and audience successes. SciFi Channel's Sci-fi Friday lineup is one of their best ratings blocks. Both the ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' TV series met with great success in this lineup, as did the imported ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', and even the re-airing of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' (ironically, a victim of this trope during its original run) in 2005, the network's 2nd-highest rating in the November UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}} despite its availability on DVD. More recently, ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' and ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' have both succeeded in the Friday night lineup.



* After ''Series/TheXFiles'' got moved to a more prominent timeslot, the Friday slot of death got taken by its spin-off ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''... who got the usual treatment from FOX.

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* After trope aversion ''Series/TheXFiles'' got moved to a more prominent timeslot, the Friday slot of death got taken by its spin-off ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''... who got the usual treatment from FOX.
20th Aug '17 10:26:46 PM Mortvana
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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' on NBC, which started in the Death Slot but moved to Mondays for its second season, then back to Fridays, again. It still did moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot, and was renewed for a sixth season in 2016-17.

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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' on NBC, which started in the Death Slot but moved to Mondays for its second season, then back to Fridays, again. It still did moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot, and was renewed for a its sixth and final 13-episode season in 2016-17.
28th Jul '17 2:17:48 PM Josef5678
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* Poor ''Series/EmeraldCity''. It didn't help that it went through ProductionHell and was cancelled in production before [[UnCanceled it came back,]] but it was saddled with the infamous slot, causing its rating to be crappy, along with BroadchurchSyndrome. The result? Cancellation after ten episodes. [[CultClassic The ever-growing fanbase]] are calling for the show to be moved to {{Creator/Netflix}} or another streaming service, and some are even calling for a second season to be made as the show was [[LeftHanging cancelled on a cliffhanger.]] Even Creator/AnaUlaru, one of the actors of the show, would be happy for a second season. Sadly, we may never know of the show's fate, but it might as well be dead for good. [[TooGoodToLast Shame.]]

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* Poor ''Series/EmeraldCity''. It didn't help that it went through ProductionHell DevelopmentHell and was cancelled in production before [[UnCanceled it came back,]] but it was saddled with the infamous slot, causing its rating ratings to be crappy, along with BroadchurchSyndrome.crappy. The result? Cancellation after ten episodes. [[CultClassic The ever-growing fanbase]] are calling for the show to be moved to {{Creator/Netflix}} or another streaming service, and some are even calling for a second season to be made as the show was [[LeftHanging cancelled on a cliffhanger.]] Even Creator/AnaUlaru, one of the actors of the show, would be happy for a second season. Sadly, we may never know of the show's fate, but it might as well be dead for good. [[TooGoodToLast Shame.]]
28th Jul '17 9:32:16 AM metaceejay97
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* Poor ''Series/EmeraldCity''. It didn't help that it went through ProductionHell and was cancelled in production before [[UnCanceled it came back,]] but it was saddled with the infamous slot, causing its rating to be crappy, along with BroadchurchSyndrome. The result? Cancellation after ten episodes. [[CultClassic The ever-growing fanbase]] are calling for the show to be moved to {{Creator/Netflix}} or another streaming service, and some are even calling for a second season to be made as the show was [[LeftHanging cancelled on a cliffhanger.]] Even Creator/AnaUlaru, one of the actors of the show, would be happy for a second season. Sadly, we may never know of the show's fate, but it might as well be dead for good. [[TooGoodToLast Shame.]]
14th Jul '17 8:02:31 PM nombretomado
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** ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Friday Night [[WWESmackdown Smackdown]]'' was a very successful aversion, to such a point where episodes had bumpers bragging about how viewed their show is, and an advertising campaign talking about how they're "changing Friday nights". After failing to hit the same numbers on Creator/MyNetworkTV, it averted this once more when it moved to Syfy and became one of its most popular shows.

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** ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Friday Night [[WWESmackdown [[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdown]]'' was a very successful aversion, to such a point where episodes had bumpers bragging about how viewed their show is, and an advertising campaign talking about how they're "changing Friday nights". After failing to hit the same numbers on Creator/MyNetworkTV, it averted this once more when it moved to Syfy and became one of its most popular shows.
3rd Jul '17 11:34:42 AM mimitchi33
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* From the mid-80's to the late 90's, some syndicated children's programs (either which networks thought wouldn't be successful, or were aimed at young audiences) would air during the dead hours of 5AM to 7AM. Some shows that got this timeslot included ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''[[Series/CaptainKangaroo The All-New Captain Kangaroo]]'', the American Public Television run of ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', PBS' runs of ''The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon'', the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/ElliotMoose'', the first airings of ''Music/TheWiggles'' and ''Series/BananasInPajamas'', the "Club Mario" incarnation of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and the limited-time syndicated run of ''Series/TheAdventuresofTimmyTheTooth''.

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* From the mid-80's to the late 90's, some syndicated children's programs (either which networks thought wouldn't be successful, or were aimed at young audiences) would air during the dead hours of 5AM to 7AM. Some shows that got this timeslot included ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''[[Series/CaptainKangaroo The All-New Captain Kangaroo]]'', the American Public Television run of ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', PBS' runs of ''The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon'', the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/ElliotMoose'', the first airings of ''Music/TheWiggles'' and ''Series/BananasInPajamas'', the "Club Mario" incarnation of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and the limited-time two-week syndicated run of ''Series/TheAdventuresofTimmyTheTooth''.''Series/TheAdventuresOfTimmyTheTooth''.
3rd Jul '17 11:31:44 AM mimitchi33
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* From the mid-80's to the late 90's, some syndicated children's programs (either which networks thought wouldn't be successful, or were aimed at young audiences) would air during the dead hours of 5AM to 7AM. Some shows that got this timeslot included ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''[[Series/CaptainKangaroo The All-New Captain Kangaroo]]'', the American Public Television run of ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', PBS' runs of ''The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon'', the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' [[note]] Only some stations put ''Noddy'' in this sort of timeslot, including WETA, KQED and KCET, all three of which only aired the show on Sundays at 6:30AM.[[/note]] and ''WesternAnimation/ElliotMoose'', the first airings of ''Music/TheWiggles'' and ''Series/BananasInPajamas'', and the "Club Mario" incarnation of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.

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* From the mid-80's to the late 90's, some syndicated children's programs (either which networks thought wouldn't be successful, or were aimed at young audiences) would air during the dead hours of 5AM to 7AM. Some shows that got this timeslot included ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresInOdyssey'', ''[[Series/CaptainKangaroo The All-New Captain Kangaroo]]'', the American Public Television run of ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'', PBS' runs of ''The Adventures of Dudley The Dragon'', the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'', ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' [[note]] Only some stations put ''Noddy'' in this sort of timeslot, including WETA, KQED and KCET, all three of which only aired the show on Sundays at 6:30AM.[[/note]] ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/ElliotMoose'', the first airings of ''Music/TheWiggles'' and ''Series/BananasInPajamas'', and the the "Club Mario" incarnation of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''.''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and the limited-time syndicated run of ''Series/TheAdventuresofTimmyTheTooth''.
29th Jun '17 4:55:27 PM RacattackForce
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* Averted by ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', which survived its move from Mondays to Fridays in its second season, even getting renewed for a third in spite of the shift.

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* Averted by ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', which survived its move Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' suffered from Mondays to Fridays in this during its second season, even getting renewed for a third in spite of season. The show lost nearly half its audience when it shifted from Saturday mornings to Friday nights, something that can be attributed to the shift. show's large {{periphery demographic}} of young adults. While ''The Legend of Korra'' would go on to have two more seasons after this, the ratings never again reached its previous highs and the show was removed from television during season three, finishing its run on Nickelodeon's website.



* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} has seen several of its shows flourish in Friday timeslots, largely due to its teen-oriented subject matter:
** ''Series/ICarly'', when it aired most of the second half of Season 3 in that slot. Its popularity made it an aversion with high ratings.
** After ''SNICK'' was re-vamped into "SNICK House", ''Series/KaBlam'' got removed from its Saturday night timeslot to Friday at eight. Though seeing as how it was a kids' show, and Friday was one of the few nights where kids often got a chance to stay up late, a kids show airing on Fridays is probably the ''best'' you could do for it.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' suffered from this. Book 2 saw lower ratings than most of Book 1 (nearly half its audience), and the biggest difference was a time shift from Saturday morning to Friday night. Its Periphery Demographic of college students and adults may not have been willing to follow it to the new slot. However, they eventually averted cancellation when [[http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/an-in-depth-look-at-book-2s-ratings-over-the-course-of-the-entire-season/4941/ the ratings stabilized.]]


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* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', survived its move from Mondays to Fridays in its second season, even getting renewed for a third in spite of the shift.
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