Fall 2011 Night by Night: Friday
Continuing with the night-by-night look at the fall schedule, we move to Friday night. Friday is sometimes scoffed at as a wasteland night when nobody watches television. Less people watch television on Friday, but only around 15% less than the typical Thursday. That still leaves a lot of people, but most of them are usually watching something other than the major broadcast networks.
This fall the night will include 8 hours of scripted television on the broadcast nets with two new scripted series. That plus Fringe, plus the final 13 episodes of Chuck and a new night for Nikita should make things very interesting around here on Saturday mornings in the fall.
The two new series are CBS’s A Gifted Man at 8pm and NBC’s Grimm at 9pm. The 9pm hour contains three genre-y shows which will likely drive much more fan interest in blog comments than ratings.
I’m not expecting much from either of the new shows, but it will be interesting to see how it goes. I’m guessing the battle will be what it usually was this year: CBS scripted versus ABC unscripted.
All the mystery has been removed from Chuck’s fate, so at least in terms of comments in the Friday night ratings posts, I expect Fringe (again) to drive the most interest. A fifth season renewal of any size would suggest that the fourth season renewal wasn’t just about discounting to get to enough episodes for stripped syndication. But if Fringe doesn’t improve on its Friday ratings next season, a fifth season seems unlikely.
If you’re looking for other nights of the week, be patient. We’ll post one per day through next Wednesday and then you’ll have them all. You can find them (including Thursday night) here.