Fall 2012 TV Schedule Night by Night: Friday

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May 18th, 2012

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 English broadcast networks.

This Fall the night will initially include 8 hours of scripted television (same as last Fall) on the broadcast nets with one new scripted series. Last Man Standing and Malibu Country are scheduled to move into the ABC 8pm slot in November, upping the scripted total to 9 hours and two new shows.

The new series are CBS's Made In Jersey at 9pm and later ABC's Malibu Country at 8:30pm. Perhaps CBS learned their lesson with A Gifted Man that premiering a new drama on Friday at 8pm isn't such a good idea.

Fringe being in its final season, and the move of Supernatural to Wednesday will likely dampen interest around here on Saturday mornings in the Fall, but we may make up for a little bit of the traffic from anxious Community fans, and maybe a handful of Touch fans. A potential traffic windfall for us would be if Grimm ratings stumble early, it could become the next traffic Fringe or Chuck.

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.

Take a trip down memory lane with last season's 2011-12's Friday night schedule:

 
  • were123

    @SmG
    Maybe, but it’s on its third season so there’s the syndication card, 4th season seems like a lock on even if it goes to 0.3

  • SarahL

    I really like Grimm’s new leads. I am not convince that they will make much of a difference, but Grimm’s will be premiering early, right after the Olympics which I think will give it a nice if temporary boost.

  • Ryan Schwartz

    Shark Tank and Community for me.

  • Hades

    I’m curious to see how Nikita does, just how low can it go before the CW pull the plug or are we to assume its ratings no longer matter because they just want to get it to syndication so a season 3 and 4 will happen regardless of ratings?

    Also with the amount of interest there seems to be in Cult would the CW really air it on a Friday?

  • EatMorePez

    Now that Chuck has moved on, will you guys be changing the default search term on the site to something other than “Chuck Ratings”?

  • kyle

    Community!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Now that Chuck has moved on, will you guys be changing the default search term on the site to something other than “Chuck Ratings”?”

    Entirely up to Robert.

    I’m not in favor of chasing current show names, I’m all about low effort. I’d either leave it as is for the LOLs, or change it to something generic like “Search the site here”.

  • TV Gord

    I think it’s time to stop looking at Friday as a dumping ground. There are some solid shows on Friday nights (I would never miss Blue Bloods, for instance. I think the networks are trying to rebuild Fridays, and we need to give them credit for that. (Maybe–if Friday gets the respect it deserves–we can start to rejuvenate Saturdays, too!)

  • Mary

    I don’t see why Grimm’s ratings would tumble. If anything, I think they’ll increase next year.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    I’m glad Fringe is getting a final season. I kinda like watching it on Friday nights cause it feels like an an action/sci-fi film but on the small screen. :D

    Annoyed that NBC moved Community and ABC moved LMS to Friday nights. LMS standing come on at 8:00 and Community at 8:30, so I cane still watch Both of them before Fringe.

    Of any night, I think Friday actually has the most shows in one night that I will watch.

  • Mark Wilkins

    yeah, after Fringe is over I’m not watching Kitchen whatever, I’ll be watching Grimm.

  • Alex

    Change it to “Grimm ratings”

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I think it’s time to stop looking at Friday as a dumping ground. There are some solid shows on Friday nights (I would never miss Blue Bloods, for instance. I think the networks are trying to rebuild Fridays, and we need to give them credit for that. (Maybe–if Friday gets the respect it deserves–we can start to rejuvenate Saturdays, too!)”

    I’m not sure I’d use the word “dumping ground”, but Friday continues to be a place that shows are put that either have low ratings expectations and the network wants to limit the ratings damage to the rest of their schedules, are awaiting or generating episodes for syndication, or in the case of those two ABC sitcoms next season, may be moved elsewhere if other sitcoms fail.

    I think the only thing likely to get put on Saturday is more live events like sports, as ABC has been for some time, and Fox is now doing. I could see NBC starting to do it as well as their sports channel business continues to get built up.

  • Silvio

    @Hades
    Also with the amount of interest there seems to be in Cult would the CW really air it on a Friday?

    No, they’ll move Wed/Thu show with the lowest ratings to Friday, then launch Cult on Wednesday or Thursday. That’s 1 of 3 shows, I sincerely doubt The Vampire Diaries are going to be the lowest rated. And I doubt other 3 are all gonna constantly hit 1.0+ in fall.

  • AV

    Top Model on Friday may work

  • Concerned Citizen

    I’ll be watching Community, of course. I might try and catch up on Fringe in time for the final season, so maybe I’ll watch that as well. And at 10 I’ll head over to Starz for the underrated Boss.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    @Bill – “I’m not sure I’d use the word “dumping ground”, but Friday continues to be a place that shows are put that either have low ratings expectations and the network wants to limit the ratings damage to the rest of their schedules, are awaiting or generating episodes for syndication, or in the case of those two ABC sitcoms next season, may be moved elsewhere if other sitcoms fail.”

    That’s the problem I have right there. Why move Community & Whitney to Friday night? What’s a good NBC email I can use so I can rant?

  • Dan S

    Fortunately Grimm is a self starter. It’s getting no help with Whitney & Community which will likely both go below 1.0 I think CSI NY should get around 1.5 but expect Made in Jersey to tank

  • Jared

    I’ll be watching Community live as often as possible (I don’t expect the show to be renewed after this season, but if it can hold steady for most of the fall, I don’t think a back 9 order is out of the question). I’ll be watching Fringe live too, as often as possible. Of course, Fringe’s ratings don’t really matter anymore, except for the faint, misguided hope that they will stay high enough to minimize (if not silence) that small crowd of people who will shriek into the ether that it should be moved to Saturday or pulled from the airwaves entirely midway through its final season run. Um … relax. It will be gone soon enough.

  • Bob

    Shark Tank, Made in Jersey and Blue Bloods will be my viewing on Friday Nights (when I am home).

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