In a move that is both expected and confusing, NBC is moving its low-rated Thursday night dramas Hannibal and Aquarius to finish out their runs on Saturday nights. According to Variety, this two hour block of TV entertainment will now air from 9 to 11 p.m. in the rarely watched weekend time-slot:
Last week, the first-year Charles Manson-themed drama “Aquarius” and third-year “Hannibal” both delivered tiny 0.4 ratings in adults 18-49, while “Dateline” did double that (0.8) on Saturday.
While the Hannibal move isn’t surprising, shifting around the David Duchovny-starring Aquarius may raise an eyebrow since last month’s renewal announcement. Maybe NBC learned a valuable lesson from its binge-watching experiment in releasing all 13-episodes of the fledgling drama at once. I guess we’ll find out next summer when the Charles Manson-themed drama returns.