Disney Channel has shown over the last few months that they seemingly want to go back to their mid-2000s roots. You know, where they were doing well in the ratings with all their shows.
In 2017, they’ll have a new show from Lizzie McGuire’s creator (Andi Mack), a That’s So Raven spin-off that continues the storyline with Raven returning, a new High School Musical, and a return to animated TV series based on Disney movies (Tangled, Big Hero 6).
In addition, they’ve gotten a recent affection for airing their older series. Hannah Montana is in the process of airing all its episodes on Mondays-Thursdays from 5-7pm. And now Disney is asking viewers on their social media accounts which older series they’d like to see aired next.
And as indicated from my first paragraph above, ratings have been very low recently. Most shows have seen series low ratings in the last few weeks. Naturally they’d want to correct that somehow.
So what better way then trying something they did before 2006? You know, when new episodes aired in the early evening hours on Fridays? Well, guess what…
Starting Friday, January 6, 2017 – Disney Channel looks to be doing just that. They are moving both their Friday and Sunday primetime shows to early evening hours on Fridays.
For January, that’ll include the following:
5:30pm Liv and Maddie: Cali Style (new on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – show is in its final season)
6:00pm Girl Meets World (new on the 6th, 13th and the season or series finale on 20th)
6:30pm Bizaardvark (new on the 13th, 20th and 27th)
7:00pm K.C. Undercover (new on the 6th and 13th)
That’s all the series with premieres (thus far at least) in January. Stuck in the Middleis scheduled to return in February. Not sure about BUNK’D or MECH-X4. Also, no scheduled premieres for Milo Murph’s Law either. Again, things could change still – but this is what’s listed right now.
So a return to early evenings on Fridays. Will it work? We’ll see, but its definitely a big change.