Monday, October 19, 2009

Ugly Betty and the Friday Night Graveyard

The ratings are in and the season premiere of Ugly Betty has been called "soft". I would like to take this opportunity to say, "Well, Duh!". This move is going to lead to the end of the show, just as many bloggers have predicted.

How do I know this? Because even I couldn't be bothered to watch the premiere on Friday, and I've written glowing things about the show many times over the years. I ended up sticking a tape in the VCR (yes, some of us still use those because we aren't blessed with DVR's and such) and I will eventually watch it. I don't know when, but it will likely be before the next episode.

And the thing is, I am always around on Fridays anyway, but somehow I can't muster any enthusiasm to watch it in its current time slot.

But when I think about it, more than a few shows that I used to enjoy suddenly became a lot less appealing as soon as they were given a Friday Night slot.

I mean, I loved Prison Break when it was on Mondays, but as soon as it moved to Fridays to end its run, it was almost like a chore to watch.

Hell, I've even been having trouble watching Friday Night Smackdown consistently as of late, and that is the good wrestling show at the moment. I would probably have a problem watching premiere episodes of Mythbusters if they were being shown on a Friday even.

I think the only show that I consistently watched on Friday Nights without complaint is South Park (in Canada, the new episodes of South Park air on Friday).

I know I can't be alone in this... this malaise has to be one of the main reasons why ratings on Friday and Saturday nights are generally so weak (aside from the socializing/dating aspects of the night too I mean). Maybe I will get over this whole Friday thing, but I have my doubts... and in a way, I am sad to see Ugly Betty end its television life like this.


Semaj said...

ah, the Friday death schedule. The place where networks can kill a show without little protest. I'm almost sure they schedule these shows on Friday in order to keep writing campaigns to a minimal and give a clear ratings decline in order to cancel it.

Dalton J. Fox said...

Never seen this "Ugly Betty" show, but I understand what you mean about it almost seeming like a chore to watch anything on Friday nights. Like you, I also can't bring myself to watch "Smackdown" on Fridays, even though it's the best wrestling show on right now. I do, however, DVR it every week.

Like I said, I know nothing of "Ugly Betty", but if history is any indication, it won't be around long. We all know Friday nights are where TV shows go to die.

Lee Sargent said...

I expected that the show had been cancelled until I saw it mentioned somewhere that it had its premiere the other night (Friday apparently).

I don't even remember when I stopped watching the show, possibly sometime during the second season and I'm led to believe that it's up to its fourth.

I honestly thought midway through season one that this show would be a huge hit and stay strong for a few years. I guess the new timeslot proves me wrong.

MC said...

Semaj: It has been the grave of many a show.

Dalton: I get two chances to see Smackdown on my cable system (vs 5 for Raw)... so even that is conspiring against me.

Lee: It has had a little bit of a dip the last season or so.