When it comes to television programming, most networks schedule their best shows from Sunday night to Thursday night. Sunday nights are big because everyone is back home from their weekend activities and preparing for and dreading the upcoming work week. On Friday nights, most of the 18-49 year old age group coveted by advertisers goes out on the town either on dates or searching for a hookup. Friday night advertising is cheap and the networks don’t make much. That’s why you will see lots of ads for made for TV products.
That is why Friday night is called The Death Slot. It’s where networks send shows that are not pulling good enough ratings to draw the more expensive ads. Those shows on the four major network stations get cancelled.
The same thing often happens on cable networks. This is why when one network sent two series to Friday nights we all thought they were done. One show failed to get a million viewers after the first episode and ratings continue to drop. The spin-off show’s are difficult to find because it never makes the top 25 list yet it keeps on getting renewed. However, the network is pleased with the ratings for both shows because you can’t really compare Friday night ratings to other weekday nights where shows can enjoy the lead-in of more popular shows.
So, the spin-off show has not only been renewed, the production schedule has been bumped up to begin at the end of this month. That is so the “star” of the show will be available to film the parent show next season. While I can’t say with 100% accuracy that the star will be full-time on the parent show, the network is clearly arranging things to make that a possibility should they decide to go that route.
The other show is not only being renewed, but they are getting a bigger budget to allow for more exciting trips and perhaps a raise in pay for the participants. Even more odd, development has begun on an additional franchise of the show in a west coast city. So if you enjoy your Friday night shows on this network, things are looking even better for you.
What is the spin-off? What is the other show? And more importantly, when I give you these super easy blinds, it’s not just about figuring out the answer. It’s about the news that the blind is giving you! What do you think about this news?