Thursday, January 04, 2007
"Friday Night Lights" Remains A Rock
NBC is doing its best to trash a show almost every critic has singled out as one of the best of the year. But "Friday Night Lights" refuses to be beat. it's maintained the core 6+ million viewers that found the show that very first week. Thrown onto Monday night for a one-off experiment, it did modestly better than "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip." Now, NBC has moved it to Wednesday. And when do they decide to make this scheduling change? When do they premiere "FNL" in its new timeslot? The same night as the college football Sugar Bowl. I suppose I should be grateful it wasn't opposite the Florida V Ohio State game, but I suppose it's only because NBC already tried Mondays. Nonetheless, "Friday Night Lights" scored 6.27 million viewers, picking up right where it left off on Dec 5th, when it reached 6.44 million viewers. Critical accolades, a sexy and talented cast, a solid fan base and the OBVIOUS marketing angle of airing it on Fridays in the spring, when high school football is over -- what more does NBC need to see the light?