NBC has made a late scheduling change to their Summer line-up. Effective immediately both Aquarius and Hannibal, which launched to much fanfare on Thursday Nights back in early June, are being shunted to Saturday nights to finish their respective runs.
While the re-location of recently cancelled Hannibal may not raise a lot of eyebrows, the decision to essentially burn-off the remaining episodes of David Duchovny’s 1960s cop drama is a curious one, especially as it comes mere weeks after NBC renewed the series for a second season. Was talk of the strong digital numbers a little premature? Or was it more that – like Hannibal before it – Aquarius costs NBC relatively little, especially compared to high-end in-season shows.
According to The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Flint, word is that NBC is bowing to pressure from affiliates to move both dramas given their weak ratings performance. In their most recent outings, Hannibal averaged 1.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the A18-49 demo; while Aquarius managed 2.5 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. The network has slotted in Dateline Thursday Mysteries to fill the 9-11pm time-slot on Thursday nights.