So much for an easy summertime schedule. NBC has run out of patience with the low-rated Thursday drama tandem of “Aquarius” and “Hannibal,” announcing Monday that they’ll move the shows over to little-watched Saturday night lineup.
The troubled shows are scheduled to air from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, flipping timeslots with the very popular among older audiences “Dateline Saturday Mystery” crime franchise. This past week, the freshman Charles Manson-themed drama “Aquarius” and third-year “Hannibal” both forked over tiny 0.4 ratings in adults 18-49 while “Dateline” did double that (0.8) on Saturday.
The peacock network’s advanced schedule shows the timeslot swap happening in early August, but it was announced and confirmed Monday that the move is effective immediately.
The network canceled “Hannibal” last month, announcing that “Hannibal” wouldn’t come back to the network after its current 13-episode season wraps but renewed “Aquarius” for a second season.
Saturday has long been a final resting place for underperforming series. Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, CBS started airing never-aired episodes of recent comedy failures “The Millers” and “The McCarthys.” Last summer, NBC moved the drama “Crossbones” from Friday to Saturday to end its run. Place your bets now but it appears Aquarius will be on the chopping block sooner than later.