or


[09/29/09 - 12:11 AM]
The 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Season: #2 - Friday Night Is "The Death Slot"
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

Please note: As a courtesy, please do not reproduce these comments to newsgroups, forums or other online places. Links only please.

Welcome once again to "The 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Season," our annual feature about, well... the 10 things you need to know about the new season. The goal of this venture is to address not only common questions people have about television but to also demystify (or potentially reaffirm) stigmas out there about certain networks, time periods, genres and so forth. So with that in mind let us put on our journalistic caps and give you the cold hard truth about what's potentially ahead for some of your favorite new and returning shows...

2. Yup, it's true - Friday night is "the death slot."

No, it's not an urban legend - shows that air on Friday nights are less likely to be renewed than on any other night. Of the 100 shows that have launched on Friday night since the fall of 1999, only 15 - or just 15% - have made it to second seasons. Conversely, of the 69 shows that have bowed on Sunday nights during the same period - a whopping 28 (or 41%) made it to second seasons. Take a look at the numbers:


dayabccbsfoxnbcupnwbcwtotal
mondays6/22 (27%)11/19 (58%)8/28 (29%)14/32 (44%)6/8 (75%)1/4 (25%)0/2 (0%)46/115 (40%)
tuesdays10/36 (28%)6/16 (38%)9/19 (47%)10/38 (26%)3/22 (14%)5/8 (63%)3/4 (75%)46/143 (32%)
wednesdays16/49 (33%)7/19 (37%)10/34 (29%)4/23 (17%)2/11 (18%)3/11 (27%)1/6 (17%)43/153 (28%)
thursdays6/23 (26%)3/10 (30%)4/12 (33%)8/23 (35%)1/2 (50%)5/14 (36%)27/84 (32%)
fridays2/21 (10%)6/20 (30%)1/23 (4%)1/15 (7%)0/5 (0%)5/16 (31%)15/100 (15%)
saturdays1/2 (50%)3/8 (38%)0/4 (0%)4/14 (29%)
sundays8/13 (62%)1/6 (17%)5/15 (33%)8/14 (57%)5/13 (38%)1/8 (13%)28/69 (41%)
various*1/7 (14%)4/6 (67%)3/10 (30%)1/5 (20%)0/1 (0%)9/29 (31%)
total50/173 (29%)41/104 (39%)40/141 (28%)46/154 (30%)12/48 (25%)24/67 (36%)5/20 (25%)218/707 (31%)


With that in mind, the order from best to worst night to launch a show is Sunday (41%), Monday (40%), Thursday (32%), Tuesday (32%), Saturday (29%), Wednesday (28%) and Friday (15%).

Plus, as usual, said info reveals several interesting trends such as the fact "Dollhouse" is FOX's first Friday newcomer to be renewed for a second season in 10 years while CBS has the standard 30% success rate on the night. Conversely, Sundays have been a trouble spot for CBS (17%) while FOX averages nearly double that (33%) on the night. The night and network with the best track record: Sundays on ABC (62%) and Tuesdays on The WB (63%) and The CW (75%).

TOMORROW: Which time slot is the toughest to launch a new show?

* denotes the series in question either aired as a multi-night stunt or regulared aired in more than one time period





  [september 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









[07/01/15 - 04:47 PM]
OWN's "The Haves and the Have Nots" Sets New Record as Most-Watched Season Premiere in Network History with 3.3 Million Viewers
OWN spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 30.

[07/01/15 - 03:07 PM]
SundanceTV Unveils Premiere Dates for Emmy(R) Panels Featured in "Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter"
Amy Schumer, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Ricky Gervais, Lena Dunham, Bob Odenkirk and Fred Armisen are among the featured auspices.

[07/01/15 - 01:51 PM]
"MythBusters" Returns This Summer with All-New Episodes Beginning Saturday, July 18th
The science bonanza starts when hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman attempt to blow a boat clean out of the water using 1,000 lbs of high explosives.

[07/01/15 - 01:44 PM]
FOX-Record 8.4 Million Watch USA Defeat Germany and Advance to FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 30.

[07/01/15 - 12:45 PM]
"Suits" Continues to Set the Bar High as USA Network Renews the Hit Original Drama for a Sixth Season
"'Suits' has set the bar high in every way and continues to be a strong performer and marquee property for USA," said Chris McCumber.

[07/01/15 - 12:27 PM]
DIY Network's "Building Belushi" Premieres on July 11 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
The six-episode series follows Jim and his team of experts as they build a riverfront retreat cabin outside of Medford in Southern Oregon.

[07/01/15 - 11:38 AM]
Investigation Discovery's "Prison Break: The Manhunt Ends" Airs This Friday at 9/8c
The epic chase for prison escapees David Sweat and Richard Matt is over, however many questions still remain in this investigation.

[07/01/15 - 11:04 AM]
Video: A Special Announcement from "Review's" Forrest MacNeil
The Andy Daly-led comedy kicks off its second season on Thursday, July 30 at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/01/15 - 11:02 AM]
Teen Beach Craze Swells as 7.5 Million Viewers Tune in for the Premiere of "Teen Beach 2" on Disney Channel
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Friday, June 26.

[07/01/15 - 10:35 AM]
A Panel of Celebrities Work Together "To Tell the Truth" on ABC's New Comedic Variety Show
The all new version will take the excitement to another level featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series.

[07/01/15 - 10:22 AM]
E! Picks Up Hit Series "Botched" for Season Three to Air in 2016
"Botched's" second season mid-season finale airs July 12 at 9:00/8:00c, and the series will return this fall with eight episodes that will conclude season two.

[07/01/15 - 10:16 AM]
Spike Presents an Inside Look at the Life and Career of the Unforgettable and Widely Celebrated Comedic Performer, Chris Farley
"I Am Chris Farley" features interviews with Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade and more!

[07/01/15 - 10:09 AM]
E! and Esquire Network Deliver Significant Ratings Growth in Second Quarter
E! and Esquire Network spin the numbers for the second quarter of 2015.

[07/01/15 - 09:52 AM]
"Zoo" Premieres as the Summer's Most-Watched New Scripted Series
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 30.

[07/01/15 - 09:23 AM]
Academy(R) Award Nominee and Emmy(R) Award Winner Laurence Fishburne to Star as Alex Haley in "Roots"
Fishburne will play Haley, the author of the novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," an American family origin story based around the life of Kunta Kinte.