After the Christmas break, Fox's Sci-Fi mystery show "Fringe" moved from its Thursday night slot to the dreaded Friday night. The night unofficially dubbed fans and critics as the death slot. A night where most people don't watch television and generally don't care to, due to the lack of watchable programming on that night of the week and the fact that there is often better things to do with your Friday night than watching TV. This means, show's that end up on Friday nights don't usually have a long life expectancy. So, for fans of "Fringe" the show's move was taken as a bad omen of things to come, namely the show's cancelation. "Fringe" is not necessarily going to end up like so many shows that have come before it. You see, if a niche show has a loyal enough following it will not just die and this can be seen in a few shows that have recently made the move to Friday night.
The CW's "Supernatural" used to be a Thursday night show for the longest time, but recently it made the move to Friday night. Many fans of the show thought that the move marked the end of the series, the thing is, it's not canceled yet and doesn't seem to even have been fazed by the night change. People are still watching and the show is doing well on one of the most ominous evenings for television shows.
"Smallville" is also a CW show and for its (supposedly) last season the show has been airing on Friday nights. This show has a very loyal following who tune in every week to the often soapy stories which make up the fleshed-out the early years of the Man of Steal. The show is doing so well, that there is much talk of a Justice League spinoff and all of this hoopla over a show that airs on Friday night.
Both "Smallville" and "Supernatural" have spent the better part of their TV lives together on Thursday night. More
"Supernatural" than "Smallville," "Smallville" has been on for so long that the first season might have aired as a radio show, but that's beside the point. What these two shows have proven is that Friday night is not so deadly after all and maybe, "Fringe" will benefit from a similar niche audience that will follow wherever it goes, even to Friday nights. Admittedly, "Fringe" airs on a more prominent network, Fox making its viewer numbers a bit more demanding than that of its equally niche centric shows. The bottom line is people should not start SAVE FRINGE websites just yet. If recent history means anything when it comes to shows with a dedicated fan base, then "Fringe" might just have a long life ahead of it.