TV Shows Ruined By Bad Time Slots

  
Slide 1 of 6 | View On One Page

A time slot can really make or break a show and there is plenty of evidence that certain time slots are TV show death sentences. Friday night is considered the graveyard slot – it’s where shows go to die, so if a good show is moved to Friday evenings, it probably doesn’t stand a chance. Here are 12 shows that were ruined by a really bad time slot.

12. Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time was the top-rated drama series when it first premiered and it became the number one non-sports program in the U.S. with viewers and young adults. For its first six seasons, the show aired on Sunday nights at 8 p.m., but for season seven, the show was moved to Fridays at 8 p.m. Ratings quickly began declining and the show was canceled before the seventh season finished airing. By the show’s finale, ratings had dropped 44% compared to the previous year, and the Friday night time slot bears some responsibility.

Everett Collection

ADVERTISEMENT

11. Sleepy Hollow

The supernatural series Sleepy Hollow was once a ratings hit for Fox, but during season three when the show was moved from Monday nights at 9 p.m. to Thursday nights at 9 p.m., ratings began to slip. They continued to slip once the show was moved to the Friday night time slot and made the show’s cancellation inevitable. When Fox announced that it wouldn’t be renewing the series for a fifth season, no one was that surprised.

Everett Collection

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT