Why did "Happy Days" Air in an X:30 P.M. Slot During its Last Season?
During its 11th and final season, Happy Days aired in the 8:30 P.M. timeslot, a change from the 8:00 P.M. timeslot it has occupied during seasons 1 to 10. I would normally see this as a demotion. During the first half of the 1983-84 season, the 8:00 P.M. slot was occupied by a critical and ratings megabomb named Just Our Luck. JOL, upon its cancellation after 11 episodes, was replaced midseason by Foul-Ups, Bleeps and Blunders.
Why was Happy Days demoted to an X:30 P.M. slot after occupying an X:00 P.M. slot for many years? Aside from the fact that Laverne & Shirley, which occupied the Tuesday @ 8:30 P.M. slot during most of its run, had already been cancelled after the previous season (1982-1983)?
"When the run of a network TV show has ended, some go out with a bang, some with a whimper, but all are...Future Endeavored."