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:

 
  • Ram510

    I will be watching Communuty, Nikita/Grimm (Nikita live) and Blue Bloods. I hate that Nikita and Grimm clash, but here’s hoping 9pm is a better time slot for Nikita.

    I’ll try to catch the ABC comedy’s but I have a feeling they won’t show up exactly how it’s planned right now. Weather its earlier or later (I’m guessing if not in october then in January) or in a different time slot. ABC doesn’t really need to change its Fridays since Shark Tank and the news programs do well enough most days

  • Liz

    @AlcoholicsAnonymous

    That’s the problem I have right there. Why move Community & Whitney to Friday night?

    I don’t know why Whitney wasn’t paired up with Guys with Kids on Wednesdays, but as for Community, the answer is right there in Bill’s response. It has low ratings expectations, and it’s only 17 episodes away from syndication (even though it only got 13, for some reason, but extending the order would be fairly easy). It’s going to burn off its probable final season in a low-impact spot.

    It would have made more sense for Community and 30 Rock to be on Fridays, with Parks and Rec getting its turn in the Thursday 8pm hot seat.

  • Ram510

    I love Nikita, but i don’t know why people keep talking about Nikita and syndication? What CW show has any syndication deal (Supernatural/Smallville dont count). Maybe international syndication but I don’t know about US

  • Tom

    It’s tough to make guesses given that much of the schedule may not actually air any episodes on that night, with (god help me) Whitney being the most likely to escape Friday purgatory (NBC is launching 4 comedies and starting early, leading to some show either being instantly DoA or the bottom dropping out when the other schedules come online), and Touch probably escaping when Mob Doctor implodes.

    But for the sake of argument, let’s assume it stays as is:
    ABC: No change in schedule or ratings, with Shark Tank (whodathunkit) winning the night most weeks. ST ~1.7, PT ~1.4, 20/20 ~1.4.
    CBS: NY drops to ~1.3 at 8, Made in Jersey probably an instant zombie show with ~1.1, and Blue Bloods ~1.4.
    Fox: Touch ~1.3, Fringe ~0.9
    NBC: Whitney ~1.3, Community ~1.0, Grimm ~1.4, Dateline ~1.4.
    CW: ANTM ~0.4, Nikita ~0.5.

    So ABC with a clear win almost all nights, NBC and CBS fighting for second, Fox in fourth, CW last.

  • SarahL

    It just occurred to me that next season, the Saturday ratings’ thread is going to be great. Since the Supernatural crazy will be cluttering up the Thursday thread. Celebration time!

    @Dan S

    Fortunately Grimm is a self starter. It’s getting no help with Whitney & Community which will likely both go below 1.0
    You got that right. Grimm will likely end up anchoring that Friday line up.

    @AlcoholicsAnonymous

    After seeing the ratings of Community’s final two episodes, I think that it is lucky that it got those 13 episodes and the Friday slot.

  • JJA

    There will be NO dampened interest on Saturday mornings. Nikita’s ratings next year will be a subject of huge debate once again, as will Grimm’s. Let’s also not forget the curiosity regarding how ANTM will do.

  • Liz

    It’s tough to make guesses given that much of the schedule may not actually air any episodes on that night

    I know that it’s not what you meant, but this brings up a question. I’ve read several places online suggesting that NBC will probably make changes to the fall schedule over the summer. Has that recently happened? I know shows have gotten bumped back to midseason because of off-screen issues. (Parenthood had to recast Maura Tierney because of her cancer, Love Bites lost Jordana Spiro to My Boys and Becki Newton to pregnancy, and there were probably more that I can’t think of.) But have there been any recent pre-season schedule shuffles simply because the network thinks they have a better idea this time?

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    “That still leaves a lot of people, but most of them are usually watching something other than the English broadcast networks.

    ^American broadcast networks.

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    Shark Tank For the Win.

  • Liz

    @Justin J. Poppiti

    I think Bill means English-language broadcast networks. Spanish-language Univision is more popular than at least two of the English-language broadcast stations.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Liz, correct.

    @Justin, the language, not the subjects of Her Majesty.

  • Tom

    Liz: Not many major changes – I vaguely recall about three years back where someone put out a schedule, everyone said “X should lead into Y, not the other way around!”, and by the time the season launched, they had been switched. I think someone moved a comedy block out of the way of another comedy block a couple years back.

    Or to summarize, they might swap hours on the same night, or pull a show in the case of major health or development issues, but that’s about it.

    @Justin: Like Liz said, Bill meant English language. Univision almost always beats CW, usually beats NBC in the Summer, and now sometimes beats NBC in the regular season.

  • Walter Bishop

    Gordon Ramsay should do a show called MENS ROOM NIGHTMARES – some of the things Ive seen in there are a real horror show!

  • Erika

    I haven’t had anything to watch on Fridays in a long time. like the original TGIF long time.

    Now I have Touch and Community. Now which to watch live and which to DVR? Bc I love Community and am only watching Touch bc I unusually stick to the shows I start watching, I’ll help Community out. I pray that Touch gets cancelled or really gets like mind blowing amazing in the 2nd season. I think Touch has it’s good moments, but its format gets repetitive, so I hope the show gets creative about what direction it’s going to take. I usually watch Community online the next day so for Community they are gaining a viewer in me.

  • Cliff Macke

    What was the last year that networks scheduled new scripted programming on Saturday Nights? It’s hard for me to believe that Saturday Night would be that much worse then Friday Night’s? Also just wondering how Ghost Whisper did on Friday night’s 2 seasons ago compared to the replacements the last two season of scheduled show in the same time slot?

  • Chris

    There’s always the “Whitney” death watch. No way they moved it to Friday because they love those ratings. No way those ratings don’t get worse. :D

  • Freddy Arrow

    @Liz

    “I’ve read several places online suggesting that NBC will probably make changes to the fall schedule over the summer. Has that recently happened?”

    It’s rare, but NBC made some quick changes to their schedule after the upfronts were over in 2006:

    http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/25/news/companies/nbc/index.htm

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What was the last year that networks scheduled new scripted programming on Saturday Nights?”

    Wikipedia has the primetime lineups going back quite a long time.

    “It’s hard for me to believe that Saturday Night would be that much worse then Friday Night’s?”

    Probably not *much* worse were schedules somewhat equivalent across TV, but at this point networks don’t want another (slightly worse than Friday) night to have to program “traditionally” for. Expect Friday to have a few hours less of scripted shows by the end of next season than it does at the beginning.

  • Justin J. Poppiti, Esq.

    I know what you meant, Bill. Yet, that’s not what you wrote. If you had written English-language broadcast channel, I would not have commented about it, ha.

  • Del

    I will be watching Grimm, and sometimes Community. Of all the pilots that sounded good last year, but then died quickly or slowly, or were not as good as they sounded, I am surprised that the two new shows I now watch are Grimm and Revenge. I love Revenge and liked the pilot premise but Grimm is lots of fun and I enjoy it too, even though the pilot premise sounded stupid.

    I think there will always be lots of crazy Saturday posters as long as there are genre shows on Fridays like Fringe, Grimm, Nikita etc.

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