->'''Marty''': Hey, why don't we just watch some good old fashioned network TV?\\
'''Larry''': ''ON FRIDAY NIGHT???!!!???'' Bleeeeeeck!
-->-- ''Series/TheNeighbors'' after the series was moved from Wednesday to Friday Nights.

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 ''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.

Fridays are thus often reserved for relatively cheap-to-produce content that doesn't require a lot of continuity to understand. That used to mean lots of mid-level half-hour sitcoms (see: Creator/TheWB's past Friday lineup as well as Creator/{{ABC}}'s 90s TGIF block), reruns, movie airings, shows that the network is neglecting (see: ScrewedByTheNetwork), and in recent years a lot of [[RealityShow Reality Shows]]. Sometimes a network will fill an especially moribund slot with a NoHoperRepeat of a popular show from a different night.

The ''good'' news for shows on Friday is that expectations are low and shows can get away with ratings that would get them cancelled on any other weekday. The ''bad'' news is that Friday shows often struggle to meet even that lowered bar and have a high turnover rate. A show ''surviving'' in a Friday slot is greeted with surprise; when a show is ''moved'' to one, fans worry that [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network has turned against it]]. When a show ''starts'' in a Friday slot, and not as a "sneak preview" or "special viewing event", it's pretty much assumed to be doomed.

However, there is a certain sweet spot timeframe on Friday where networks actually shoot for viewers- the time when they expect people to be bunkering in at home after a long day. Some shows that air during this desirable period (usually starting around 7:00PM with a lead-in set of programs, peaking at 8:00PM with riveting shows laced with comedic wit, getting into more serious, intense, and mature programs into the latter portion of nightfall, and then concluding at 11:00PM) are of the action genre or UsefulNotes/{{Drama}}, which tend to be solid if they can hit all the right notes and can carry the night well when assembled into a block of action programming, especially if it falls under CrimeDrama.

The opposite of this trope is a Thursday primetime slot, often awarded to the most coveted TV programming. Advertisers realize that American consumers do the majority of their shopping on the weekends, and often on Friday after work. This means that advertisers are desperate to get their product on the airwaves on Thursday so that it's still on people's minds when they go to the stores on Friday. The better the advertising rates for a timeslot, the more effort goes into the content for that slot.

A relatively recent development is the vertical integration brought about by the mergers of the 90s and 00s; this means that the networks' parent {{MegaCorp}}s now covet that Thursday night advertising for movies from their affiliated film studios that will be released...on Friday. Thus, the networks are forced to maintain a weak Friday lineup to ensure strong box office numbers. All six major American networks now have studio relationships:

* 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'' did fairly well and continued to live on until 2017, while ''Malibu Country'' floundered and ended its run later that year.[[/note]]
* Creator/{{CBS}} - Controlled by National Amusements, which also controls Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, and now has their own studio in CBS Films. Since CBS spun off Viacom in 2006, however, they don't hew to the FNDS concept as closely as the other three networks.
* Creator/TheCW - Gets it both ways; two owners, two different studios. CBS owns 50%, while Creator/WarnerBros has the other half, but they've found good success with genre or niche programming such as ''Series/TheOriginals'', ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' and ''Series/{{Reign}}''.
* Creator/{{Fox}} - Network owner 21st Century Fox also owns the [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox 20th Century Fox]] film studio and sister network Creator/MyNetworkTV.
* Creator/{{NBC}} - The latest network to acquire a studio relationship after the network's 2004 purchase of Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures. Telemundo is also a NBC network, but the sheer audience loyalty to its primetime {{telenovela}}s keeps it competitive on Friday nights.

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. 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.

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.

See DumpMonths for the cinematic version of this trope.

* 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.
* ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', after eight seasons, was moved to Fridays, and was canceled at its next season finale.
* Creator/MikeJudge's political correctness satire ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'' received this dubious honor.
* For one-and-a-half years, ''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.
* ''Series/HappyEndings'' was moved to this slot in its third season. Within a week of the move becoming official, it was reported the producers have been shopping around for a new network to air the show in the event that [[ForegoneConclusion ABC cancels it]]. However, the ratings, already unacceptable by just about any broadcast standard, dropped to such microscopic levels that when ABC did cancel it, no one would touch it (despite supposed interest from USA Network).
* Despite critical raves and an audience whose demographics would have today guaranteed its survival, ABC did everything they could to kill ''Series/MaxHeadroom'', [[http://www.maxheadroom.com/mh_d_faq.html#0402 the alleged reason]] being that the show's BitingTheHandHumor infuriated the network executives and advertisers. When putting it against ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MiamiVice'' failed, they shuffled it into the Death Slot, which worked. The circumstances behind the show's cancellation are still seen as scandalous by science-fiction fans.
* The second season of ''Series/TheMole'' played this straight and averted it. The show not only got the Friday Night Death Slot, it aired only ''two weeks after 9/11'', a time when most people were decidedly not in the mood to watch a cutthroat reality show. Three episodes of bad ratings later, the show was put on hiatus by Creator/{{ABC}}, and didn't re-air until the following summer, where it competed in its time slot against the first season of ''Series/AmericanIdol''. Only due to good word of mouth and a loyal fan base was the show not completely crushed.
* ''Series/TheNamesTheSame'', a GameShow that held a 7:30 Monday slot since it was {{Uncanceled}} in October 1954. It moved on June 28, 1955 (after its ''third'' host change in less than a year) to Tuesdays at 10:00, then on September 16 shifted to Fridays at 10:00. The series was canned on October 7, after just '''four''' episodes at that slot.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' was moved to Fridays after being UnCanceled. It died another swift death shortly thereafter.
* ''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.
* Tuesday nights have now become ABC's second Friday Night Death Slot due to fierce competition from rival networks dominating the night. For the past few seasons nearly every show scheduled on the night has either been canceled after one or two seasons at the most (''{{Series/Selfie}}'', ''Series/ManhattanLoveStory'', ''Series/TheMuppets'') or moved to another night in hopes of salvaging it (''Series/LastManStanding''[[note]]ironically to Fridays (see Aversions below)[[/note]] and ''Series/TheGoldbergs''). The only real exception was ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and it mostly done low to fairly okay in the ratings before it got moved to Friday night for its fifth season.
** ''{{Series/Selfie}}'' was but in the Tuesday death slot. Despite the fact that it received very good reviews, an AllStarCast and was the most popular of the three romantic sitcoms ABC pumped out that season, it (along with the other two rom-coms) was cancelled after season one.

* ''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.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'', despite surviving longer than ''Wonderfalls'', got the boot not long after, failing to be renewed for a third season even though it was relatively popular and critically-acclaimed. Aired at 8 PM Fridays on CBS.
* ''Series/MadeInJersey'' was cancelled after its second episode, after flopping in a New York-themed Friday programming block with ''Series/BlueBloods'' and ''Series/CSINewYork'' on CBS.
* ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'' is an especially weird case, as it was getting a good ''8 million viewers'' on its Friday slot when Creator/{{CBS}} cancelled it. And it was cancelled ''just'' before [[Literature/{{Twilight}} a certain novel by Stephenie Meyer]] triggered the massive vampire fad. CBS must still be kicking themselves.
* 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]].
** Ironically, ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' itself debuted in a 9pm Friday timeslot, and was a hit.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' wound up being {{Uncanceled}} after four seasons on NBC as a Saturday night entry. Then CBS aired it on Fridays at 7:30...

{{Creator/FOX}} is often referred to as one of the chief instigators of this trope, as they maintain a reputation for moving promising shows to the "death slot" in the middle of their season, causing ratings to plummet.

The disproportionate number of shows moved to the Friday timeslot and being cancelled by the network is even referenced in the opening speech from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s first episode after being UnCanceled. Peter Griffin calls out a large number of shows that were canned, many of which aired on Fridays.

* ''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)
* ''Series/AlienNation'' got through a single season before it was canceled by FOX, though it wasn't caused by their Friday timeslot so much as it was the network's lack of funds from advertising revenue, causing them to axe all of their dramatic shows.
* ''Series/BostonPublic'' was moved to a Friday timeslot for its fourth season, and was quickly canceled mid-season, leaving two unaired episodes left to debut in reruns on cable.
* ''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.
* Eliza Dushku had a contract with Fox, and so she brought Joss Whedon back to Fox (after the latter claimed he wouldn't produce anything for the network again) for ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', which aired 2009-2010 on Fridays. Despite poor ratings, Fox renewed it for a second season (still on Fridays), although it was canceled fairly early in its second run due to the already low ratings declining further.
* 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.
* Though a number of factors combined to kill it in just 14 episodes (only 11 of which were ever actually aired, in the wrong order), part of the reason ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' got canceled by Fox was because it was in the 8 PM (Eastern) Friday slot, failing to attract the more adult audience at which it was aimed and being constantly preempted by sports broadcasts to boot. Its success in the 7 PM Friday slot on cable years later is usually considered ironic. Creator Creator/JossWhedon now reportedly refuses to work with the network ever again precisely because of how badly they burned him with ''Firefly''. Of course, producer Tim Minear didn't even ''allegedly'' vow such a thing, but in light of other shows of his that have aired on the network including the next listing, probably should have.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is one of the few series that survived the move to the Death Slot. Moved there in the middle of its third season from a prime Thursday night slot, the show continued to retain a core set of dedicated viewers passionate about the show. As the show was written with a definitive end, the vigor of the fans and that of FOX's Kevin Reilly (vice president at programming at the time) helped to ensure the show completed its story even with a shortened 5th season, reaching the magic number of 100 episodes for syndication rights.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' was moved to Fridays at 9pm for its sixth and final season, which also got cut to 13 episodes.
* 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.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': 2007-8 season: on Monday nights. 2008-9 season: moved to Friday nights. 2009-10 season: Terminated.
* After being renewed for a second season, ''Series/{{Touch}}'' was moved to a Friday night slot and intended to air its season premiere in October 2012. The premiere was then pushed to February of the next year, and coupled with the weak timeslot and next-to-no advertising, the show died a quick death.
* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''. Three of its first (and only) four weeks on FOX, it was slotted in the 8 PM Friday slot. It wasn't as family-friendly as its competitor, ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'', was and died fast. However, it did well on cable as well, when LGBT-friendly Logo aired it.

* Also canceled via an 8 PM Friday slot, despite initially high ratings [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity due to (undue) controversy about it]]: ''Series/TheBookOfDaniel'', a series about an Episcopalian priest whose family is having troubles and who apparently has hallucinations (we think) of speaking to a laid-back Jesus. Oh, and an addiction to painkillers. Yeah, that went over real well with the church-going audience. Some of the network's local affiliates (most notably WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee and KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas) refused to even air the series and only about four of its eight episodes were aired on TV at all, and three others were dumped onto NBC.com to languish in obscurity before everyone forgot it even existed.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', a fan-favorite which constantly wavered back and forth on the edge of cancellation each year since the '07-'08 Writer's Strike, received this treatment for its final (2011-12) season, along with a 13-episode order. However, it was justified by executives as being done only because the fan campaign that saved it (during its third season) didn't translate into viewers.
* ''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'' 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.''
* ''Raines'', a surprisingly good, somewhat subversive, more than a little weird PoliceProcedural about a [[DefectiveDetective homicide detective]] who may or may not be seeing the ghosts of his latest assignments. The show was bumped from a prime Thursday night slot to Fridays at 9:00 Eastern after just two episodes. It quickly dropped from the #23 highest-ranked show to #63 and only five more episodes were aired before it was quietly cancelled. Despite being put next to ''Las Vegas'' in the lineup. Of course, it was also a midseason replacement, which never really bodes well for a series' longevity.
* The return of ''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. ''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.
* ''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).
* Poor ''Series/EmeraldCity''. It didn't help that it went through DevelopmentHell and was cancelled in production before [[UnCanceled it came back,]] but it was saddled with the infamous slot, causing its ratings to be 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.]]

[[folder:Other Networks]]
* British channel E4 trumpets Thursday nights as its strongest night of the week, using it for premieres and first showings of imported American sitcoms such as ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' and ''Series/NewGirl''. Coincidentally, the ad breaks are chocka with movie trailers. Fridays, by comparison, are a bit weak.
* In early 2015, Challenge (The UK equivalent of GSN) started airing the Australian game show ''Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Hot Seat'' in a 9PM time slot every weeknight. After nearly a month of airing, the time was silently changed to 10PM (Challenge sited poor ratings as the reason behind the move), and soon after that it vanished outright. Considering that the original UK version of the show is one of their most popular programs, to the point where it's on almost every day, it's mystifying to see how ''Hot Seat'' failed.
** In September 2015, Challenge began airing ''Hot Seat'' again... but this time at a 2AM timeslot. It returned once again with new episodes at a 4PM time slot around April/May, but quickly vanished after about a month
** Around April 2016, Challenge started to air ''The Chase Australia'', promoting it heavily as it featured Anne Hegerty, one of the Chasers from the British version (Whilst advertising it and making it look like she was the ONLY Chaser). Like ''Hot Seat'', it started at a 9PM time slot, then after a few weeks it moved down to a 7PM time slot. A couple of weeks after that, it was pushed to a 2AM time slot, with the daytime repeats cancelled. To add insult to injury, the remaining episodes that aired in the 2AM time slot still had the 'New to' wordmark above the Challenge logo. By comparison, the British series is repeated quite frequently, and the US series usually airs after the UK series has run its current selection of episodes. As of mid-June 2016, it's been replaced with repeats of the British version (Whilst still using the 'New to' wording)
* 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 the original syndicated run of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''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 two-week syndicated run of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfTimmyTheTooth''.
** 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.
* In 2011, former ''Series/AmericanIdol'' judge Kara [=DioGuardi=] premiered a new Creator/{{Bravo}} reality/competition series for aspiring songwriters on Monday nights, called ''Platinum Hit''. Midway through the series, amid low ratings and with little advance warning, Bravo threw in the towel -- and moved the series to 8pm Fridays, where it quietly finished its run.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' caught a double whammy: moved to the Death Slot during its and [[Creator/{{UPN}} its network's]] final season. It was very well-known among a subset of Trek fans that the only reason it had gained a fourth season in the first place was to get enough episodes for syndication. Then, the show started to drastically improve in quality, bringing some fans some hope that there might be a Season 5. Those hopes were dashed when the Death Slot took away any improved ratings it might have garnered from the improved quality.
* ''Odyssey 5'' was moved from Sundays (where it pulled in the best ratings in the network's history up to that point) to Fridays, where ratings dropped immediately and the show was canceled with six episodes left (the last episodes were burned off two years later).
* [=FamilyNet=] put airings of ''[[Series/TheHoneymooners The Color Honeymooners]]'' as the lead-in to their Friday-night line-up (airing at 5 PM Eastern/4 PM Central, as [=FamilyNet=] considers that time slot as the start of prime time for them) starting in March 2010. They dropped it in August in favor of ''Landmarks'' and ''The Greats'', two really obscure documentary shows that were about to be taken out of the channel altogether. This duo was replaced in September with additional showings of ''[[Series/{{Flipper}} The New Flipper]]''. That show, in turn, was dropped in October for Chuck Norris' WorldCombatLeague.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' was aired on 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 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]].
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' suffered from this during its second season. The show lost nearly half its audience when it shifted from Saturday mornings to Friday nights, something that can be attributed to the 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.

* Children's cable networks such as UsefulNotes/{{Nickelodeon}}, UsefulNotes/DisneyChannel, or UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork have traditionally '''thrived''' on Friday nights. This is, of course, due to their target demographic of kids under the age of 14. This audience rarely has anywhere to be on a Friday night, in sharp contrast to even older teenagers. Fridays also have the minor bonus of kids not having classes the next day, so networks can potentially air premieres late into prime-time without worrying about sudden rating drops due to their target audience being shoved off to bed by parents. Because of this, these networks don't have a "Friday Night Death Slot" per se, with every night of the week being good for premieres.[[note]]For example, the late 2010s shifted to a general trend of premiering animated content on Mondays or Thursdays and live-action content on Fridays or Saturdays.[[/note]] Instead, shows marked for death are shifted to air late at night (usually around 11pm or midnight) or early in the morning (between 5am and 7am) without any warning.
** Disney Channel and UsefulNotes/DisneyXD use the late-night approach.
** Cartoon Network, sharing channel space with UsefulNotes/AdultSwim, does the early morning approach.
** Nickelodeon also does early morning, but is just as likely to [[DeaderThanDead completely shift a show to one of its secondary networks]].
* The Tom Bergeron-era episodes of ''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!
* ''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.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' has averted this since its premiere, barely cracking the top ten for its sixth season.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' lasted its whole five-season run on Friday night and did decently ratings-wise. It only got the boot in 1974 against ''Series/SanfordAndSon''.
* After being renewed for a fourth season of only 13 episodes, ''Series/{{Community}}'' was moved to 8:30 on Fridays in what was presumed to be its final season. Along with the [[ExecutiveMeddling studio-mandated ouster]] of series creator/showrunner Creator/DanHarmon and several other prominent staff quitting, the resulting fan backlash may have been what motivated NBC to push Community's premiere into 2013 with a more favorable Thursday night slot and eventually renew it for a 5th season (along with the return of Harmon).
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}''. In seasons 10 and 12 in the U.S., it came on on Fridays at 10 PM and did reasonably well.
* ''Series/FridayNightLights'', which from the beginning had fans saying that given the title, airing on Fridays seemed completely natural for it rather than its original Wednesday slot. Starting in the second season it did run on Fridays, which was met with widespread approval (plus a wonderful {{Narm}}-y tagline: [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "''Friday Night Lights'', finally on Fridays! This Friday on NBC."]]) Despite low ratings for its entire run, the show ran five seasons.
** The move to Fridays created a unique problem for NBC. Given that the subject matter was HighSchool football, the episodes had to be timed so that they would not conflict with the actual football season. Meanwhile, Creator/DirecTV aired the episodes early, during football season, causing a ShortRunInPeru ''within the same market''.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' aired on Fridays for its entire successful five-season run all on CBS.
* ''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 its sixth and final 13-episode season in 2016-17.
* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' was moved to Friday for its fourth season after previously airing on Mondays. The ratings were actually an ''improvement'' from its previous season and the show is slated to air its seventh season in 2016-2017.
* Season 2 of the Tim Allen sitcom ''Series/LastManStanding'' was moved to Fridays from the original Tuesday slot, but the ratings improved from the tail end of Season 1 and stayed stable. ABC ordered five more episodes for Season 2 (bringing the total to 18) and renewed it for another season. The managed to last for four more seasons, seeing peak ratings during the fourth and fifth seasons, before it ended after season six. Having a lead that appeals to families (an audience ABC has thrived with on Fridays) helped.
** While ''LMS'' did well after switching to Friday nights, every [[Series/MalibuCountry show that was]] [[Series/TheNeighbors placed in the]][[Series/{{Cristela}} 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.
* The Australian version of ''The Late Show'' (think ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* Carlton Cuse averted the Friday night curse with ''Series/NashBridges''. It was a hit on Friday nights and lasted for five seasons.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' (from Creator/TheCW) held this slot from its second season onward. However, it did well enough to last through four seasons before ending.
* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'' managed to last six whole seasons on Friday nights before CBS ended it.
* The Sci-Fi channel (before it changed to {{Creator/Syfy}}) averted this for many years, via Friday night blocks of strong original programming that provided some of the network's best ratings all week. Targeting a niche market known more for cultlike devotion than active social lives--i.e., nerds--may have helped the network develop an audience willing to put its favorite shows ahead of other potential Friday night activities.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'' held the Friday at 8 PM slot for most of its run, and the Friday night shows (SG-1, ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' and ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'') came to be known as the ''Power Block''. In fact, when both ''Atlantis'' and ''Galactica'' were moved from their Friday timeslots, fans complained that they wouldn't get as many viewers.
** The block went through a slump when the network separated ''SG-1'' and ''Galactica'', canceled the former, moved the latter to Sundays, gave ''Series/DoctorWho'' away to [[Creator/TheBBC BBC America]], and built as much fan animosity as when they canceled ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. SciFi Friday has since recovered with the highly-rated ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' and [[UnCancelled Un-Cancellation]] of ''{{Series/Merlin}}''.
** ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Friday Night [[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.
* In one of the biggest aversions of this trope (and therefore a pretty biting case of irony), ''Series/TheXFiles'' (the "little" show that debuted in the 9 PM timeslot after ''Brisco County Jr.'') went on to enjoy massive success. During the three seasons it aired on Friday night, the pre-X-Files timeslot became an elephants' graveyard of failed speculative fiction shows, such as ''Brisco County'', ''Series/VR5'', ''Series/StrangeLuck'', ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'', and ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' (only Sliders made it to a second season), baffling FOX execs and no doubt informing their future decisions on Friday night sci-fi shows.
* Creator/AdultSwim's live-action comedies air on Friday, including new episodes. They used to reside on Thursdays until the end of 2014. This is also a unique example as it is not necessarily tied to the shows themselves, but rather, how ratings for [as]' normal programming may be higher when they are airing a consecutive run of four days, rather than being broken up by Thursday.
* 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 asking for it to flop. Instead, ''The Waltons'' became the show to beat, lasting nine seasons.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' managed to survive the death slot not once, but ''twice at 9:00 pm.'' This was during Seasons 6 and 7, and afterward moved to Wednesdays or Tuesdays. (Considering the show's liberal use of BackFromTheDead, this seems appropriate.)
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', survived its move from Mondays to Fridays in its second season, even getting renewed for a third in spite of the shift.