Keep the Lights On - Fan Campaigns to Save NBC's "Friday Night Lights" (Updated)
NBC's critically-acclaimed but struggling character drama "Friday Night Lights" may be in more trouble following the airing of what may have been its final episode on Friday night. The episode scored only 5.22 million viewers and a weak 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, making it one of the lowest-rated FNL episodes ever. Can light bulbs help keep the show alive?
"Friday Night Lights" which launched in the fall of 2006 on Tuesday nights on NBC never captured a massive following. But it did have a small and loyal audience which followed the Texas-based drama to Wednesday and later Friday nights, ensuring the show's consistent albeit low ratings.
FNL averaged 6.20 million viewers in the first season, and 6.16 million viewers this year. An early season 1 episode which aired in late October 2006 at a special time of Monday at 10/9c, following an all-new episode of "Heroes," scored a series-high for the drama - 8.5 million viewers.
But the network preferred to try to build momentum on its new Aaron Sorkin drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" which got canceled by the end of that season anyway.
FNL may have been a more logical fit out of "Heroes," but the network never tried the show back in that timeslot again, opting to air other Nielsen duds like "The Black Donnellys" and "Journeyman" instead.
Furthermore, FNL was asked to anchor Tuesday, and later Wednesday nights, and only rare gems like ABC's "Ugly Betty" manage to succeed in that 8pm time slot without the benefit of a good lead-in.
Now, with NBC's Ben Silverman openly making gloomy remarks about the show's future, Best Week Ever has begun just one of a number of fan initiatives to keep the show on air. But can light bulbs keep these "Lights" on?
UPDATE: As I said, there is a number of fan campaigns in the Cyberspace designed to show Ben Silverman and the NBC network there are people out there who appreciate quality television drama that is "Friday Night Lights." Here is also the "Save Friday Night Lights" campaign.
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