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26th May '16 1:27:19 PM kquinn0830
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** While ''LMS'' did well after switching to Friday nights, every [[Series/MalibuCountry show that was]] [[Series/TheNeighbors placed in the]][[Series/{{Cristela}} the slot after]] it wound up getting cancelled. The streak was finally broken when ''Series/DrKen'' lasted the entire 2015-16 season and was renewed for a second season.

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** While ''LMS'' did well after switching to Friday nights, every [[Series/MalibuCountry show that was]] [[Series/TheNeighbors placed in the]][[Series/{{Cristela}} the slot after]] it after it]] wound up getting cancelled. The streak was finally broken when ''Series/DrKen'' lasted the entire 2015-16 season and was renewed for a second season.
26th May '16 1:26:43 PM kquinn0830
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** While ''LMS'' did well after switching to Friday nights, every [[Series/MalibuCountry show that was]] [[Series/TheNeighbors placed in the]][[Series/{{Cristela}} the slot after]] it wound up getting cancelled. The streak was finally broken when ''Series/DrKen'' lasted the entire 2015-16 season and was renewed for a second season.
3rd May '16 9:11:32 PM PaulA
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* CBS' ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' 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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* CBS' ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' ''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.
25th Apr '16 3:31:33 PM Josef5678
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* Creator/{{ABC}} - Owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, which heavily promotes its Friday night Creator/DisneyChannel programming for children and families, so ABC's former ''TGIF'' comedy block has been shelved.[[note]]Although in 2012 ABC did decide to push a couple of family-friendly sitcoms in the 8:00 hour; Creator/TimAllen's ''Series/LastManStanding'' and Music/RebaMcEntire's ''Series/MalibuCountry''. ''LMS'' still does fairly well and was recently renewed for a fourth season. ''Malibu Country'' - [[{{Cancelled}} not so much]].[[/note]]

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* Creator/{{ABC}} - Owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, which heavily promotes its Friday night Creator/DisneyChannel programming for children and families, so ABC's former ''TGIF'' comedy block has been shelved.[[note]]Although in 2012 ABC did decide to push a couple of family-friendly sitcoms in the 8:00 hour; Creator/TimAllen's ''Series/LastManStanding'' and Music/RebaMcEntire's ''Series/MalibuCountry''. ''LMS'' still does did fairly well and was recently renewed for a fourth season.continued to live on. ''Malibu Country'' - [[{{Cancelled}} not so much]].[[/note]]



* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' on NBC, which started in the Death Slot but moved to Mondays for its second season, then back to Fridays, again. It is still doing moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot, and has just been 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 is still doing did moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot, and has just been was renewed for a sixth season in 2016-17.
25th Apr '16 7:47:07 AM HarryLovesHermione
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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 is still doing moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot.

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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 is still doing moderately well for an NBC show, even with the timeslot.timeslot, and has just been renewed for a sixth season in 2016-17.
27th Mar '16 9:22:05 PM Josef5678
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The infamous Friday Night Death Slot is the television equivalent of ritual seppuku in North America. [[note]]In Israel (where the weekend is Friday and Saturday and Sunday is a working day), the UK, and Norway, the very ''best'' shows are often reserved for Friday nights. This is particularly true of Creator/ChannelFour comedies in the UK - the likes of ''PeepShow'' and ''Series/TheITCrowd'' are always aired on Fridays. However, a UK version of this could be Creator/ChannelFive, which airs shows that the other channels aren't airing anymore.[[/note]] Viewers, especially those in certain coveted demographics like 18-34 year-olds, just don't watch as much TV on Fridays as on other nights because they're doing other things: hitting the bars, going to a sporting event, seeing a movie (see below for why this is especially relevant), or hanging out with friends. Compounding this, the Friday prime-time slot is especially likely to get pre-empted by events like {{Big Game}}s or {{Award Show}}s on local affiliates. Scheduling a show on a Friday - especially early in the evening, such as 8 PM Eastern - is the kiss of death. This goes double if the show isn't family friendly, as folks with kids are more likely to stay home on the weekend, or hasn't developed a loyal following.

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The infamous Friday Night Death Slot is the television equivalent of ritual seppuku in North America. [[note]]In Israel (where the weekend is Friday and Saturday and Sunday is a working day), the UK, and Norway, the very ''best'' shows are often reserved for Friday nights. This is particularly true of Creator/ChannelFour comedies in the UK - the likes of ''PeepShow'' ''Series/PeepShow'' and ''Series/TheITCrowd'' are always aired on Fridays. However, a UK version of this could be Creator/ChannelFive, which airs shows that the other channels aren't airing anymore.[[/note]] Viewers, especially those in certain coveted demographics like 18-34 year-olds, just don't watch as much TV on Fridays as on other nights because they're doing other things: hitting the bars, going to a sporting event, seeing a movie (see below for why this is especially relevant), or hanging out with friends. Compounding this, the Friday prime-time slot is especially likely to get pre-empted by events like {{Big Game}}s or {{Award Show}}s on local affiliates. Scheduling a show on a Friday - especially early in the evening, such as 8 PM Eastern - is the kiss of death. This goes double if the show isn't family friendly, as folks with kids are more likely to stay home on the weekend, or hasn't developed a loyal following.



* Creator/{{ABC}} - Owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, which heavily promotes its Friday night DisneyChannel programming for children and families, so ABC's former ''TGIF'' comedy block has been shelved.[[note]]Although in 2012 ABC did decide to push a couple of family-friendly sitcoms in the 8:00 hour; Creator/TimAllen's ''Series/LastManStanding'' and Music/RebaMcEntire's ''Series/MalibuCountry''. ''LMS'' still does fairly well and was recently renewed for a fourth season. ''Malibu Country'' - [[{{Cancelled}} not so much]].[[/note]]

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* Creator/{{ABC}} - Owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, which heavily promotes its Friday night DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel programming for children and families, so ABC's former ''TGIF'' comedy block has been shelved.[[note]]Although in 2012 ABC did decide to push a couple of family-friendly sitcoms in the 8:00 hour; Creator/TimAllen's ''Series/LastManStanding'' and Music/RebaMcEntire's ''Series/MalibuCountry''. ''LMS'' still does fairly well and was recently renewed for a fourth season. ''Malibu Country'' - [[{{Cancelled}} not so much]].[[/note]]



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 ''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 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 ''TheIncredibleHulk'', ''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 USANetwork's 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.
27th Mar '16 9:17:42 PM Josef5678
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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 ''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 ''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.



* Creator/MikeJudge's political correctness satire ''TheGoodeFamily'' received this dubious honor.
* For one-and-a-half years, ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' built up a reasonably good audience and rating on Wednesday nights. For its third season, ABC threw it and another Steven J. Cannell show, ''[[ShortRunners The Quest]]'', away via a Friday timeslot, not even airing the show's last four episodes.

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* Creator/MikeJudge's political correctness satire ''TheGoodeFamily'' ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'' received this dubious honor.
* For one-and-a-half years, ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' built up a reasonably good audience and rating on Wednesday nights. For its third season, ABC threw it and another Steven J. Cannell show, ''[[ShortRunners The Quest]]'', away via a Friday timeslot, not even airing the show's last four episodes.



* ''PushingDaisies'' was moved to Fridays after being UnCanceled. It died another swift death shortly thereafter.
* ''TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' got this slot. However, unlike a lot of these examples, it wasn't moved to the spot because the network wanted to get rid of it. It was moved because it had proven to be quite popular in its Wednesday night slot and ABC thought the show's popularity would move with it and break the curse of the Friday night death slot. It didn't.

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* ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' was moved to Fridays after being UnCanceled. It died another swift death shortly thereafter.
* ''TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' ''Series/TwoGuysAGirlAndAPizzaPlace'' got this slot. However, unlike a lot of these examples, it wasn't moved to the spot because the network wanted to get rid of it. It was moved because it had proven to be quite popular in its Wednesday night slot and ABC thought the show's popularity would move with it and break the curse of the Friday night death slot. It didn't.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' was aired on {{MTV}}'s Friday night slot. This seriously limited the audience, since younger kids were more likely to be watching the programming on Creator/CartoonNetwork and {{Nickelodeon}}, and older teens were usually out doing stuff on Friday nights. The show only had one season despite the massive popularity of the [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy movies]], and even worse, [[LeftHanging ended on a cliffhanger]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' was aired on {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s Friday night slot. This seriously limited the audience, since younger kids were more likely to be watching the programming on Creator/CartoonNetwork and {{Nickelodeon}}, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, and older teens were usually out doing stuff on Friday nights. The show only had one season despite the massive popularity of the [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy movies]], and even worse, [[LeftHanging ended on a cliffhanger]].



* The return of ''{{Smash}}'' quickly circled the ratings drain in Season 2, so NBC announced in March 2013 that the remaining episodes would air on Saturdays rather than Tuesdays starting in April. ''TheOnion'''s A.V. Club joked that the announcement not admitting that the show would be cancelled - and it was, come that May - was the television equivalent of parents claiming their kid's dog is being sent off to a farm to live out its days when it's actually being put to sleep.

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* The return of ''{{Smash}}'' ''Series/{{Smash}}'' quickly circled the ratings drain in Season 2, so NBC announced in March 2013 that the remaining episodes would air on Saturdays rather than Tuesdays starting in April. ''TheOnion'''s ''Website/TheOnion'''s A.V. Club joked that the announcement not admitting that the show would be cancelled - and it was, come that May - was the television equivalent of parents claiming their kid's dog is being sent off to a farm to live out its days when it's actually being put to sleep.



* The Tom Bergeron-era episodes of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' initially aired on Friday nights on ABC, but apparently did well enough for the show to be moved back to its old Sundays at 7 p.m. timeslot. It's thrived there ever since. Given that the show was effectively treated as cheap filler by the network after Bob Saget left, the fact that its comeback came in a death slot is extremely impressive!
* Disney Channel's ''ANTFarm'' has aired every new episode on a Friday including the pilot. As a result, it became popular and pulled in good enough ratings to be renewed.

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* The Tom Bergeron-era episodes of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' initially aired on Friday nights on ABC, but apparently did well enough for the show to be moved back to its old Sundays at 7 p.m. timeslot. It's thrived there ever since. Given that the show was effectively treated as cheap filler by the network after Bob Saget left, the fact that its comeback came in a death slot is extremely impressive!
* Disney Channel's ''ANTFarm'' ''Series/ANTFarm'' has aired every new episode on a Friday including the pilot. As a result, it became popular and pulled in good enough ratings to be renewed.



* ''TheBradyBunch'' lasted its whole five-season run on Friday night and did decently ratings-wise. It only got the boot in 1974 against ''SanfordAndSon''.

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* ''TheBradyBunch'' ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' lasted its whole five-season run on Friday night and did decently ratings-wise. It only got the boot in 1974 against ''SanfordAndSon''.''Series/SanfordAndSon''.
26th Mar '16 7:27:43 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 successes 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'', and the first airings of ''Music/TheWiggles'' and ''Series/BananasInPajamas''.
** Although it wasn't a syndicated show, Creator/CartoonNetwork's first preschool block in the 90's (which consisted of ''Small World'' and ''Big Bag'') was aired during these hours, which were as late as 6:30AM for the east coast and as early as midnight for people living in Hawaii.
29th Feb '16 6:09:07 PM Lirodon
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* On the heels of the [[UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge "rural purge"]], CBS scheduled its rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons'' on Thursdays against the popular programs ''Series/TheModSquad'' and ''The Flip Wilson Show'', all but wanting it to flip. Instead, ''The Waltons'' became the show to beat, lasting nine seasons.

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* On the heels of the [[UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge "rural purge"]], CBS scheduled its rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons'' on Thursdays against the popular programs ''Series/TheModSquad'' and ''The Flip Wilson Show'', all but wanting asking for it to flip.flop. Instead, ''The Waltons'' became the show to beat, lasting nine seasons.
29th Feb '16 6:08:35 PM Lirodon
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* On the heels of the UsefulNotes/RuralPurge, CBS scheduled its rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons'' on Thursdays against the popular programs ''Series/TheModSquad'' and ''The Flip Wilson Show'', all but wanting it to flip. Instead, ''The Waltons'' became the show to beat, lasting nine seasons.

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* On the heels of the UsefulNotes/RuralPurge, [[UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge "rural purge"]], CBS scheduled its rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons'' on Thursdays against the popular programs ''Series/TheModSquad'' and ''The Flip Wilson Show'', all but wanting it to flip. Instead, ''The Waltons'' became the show to beat, lasting nine seasons.
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