'Aquarius' and 'Hannibal' Banished to Saturdays

NBC moves the dramas, one renewed and one canceled, away from Thursdays following very low ratings.
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'Aquarius'

NBC likes Aquarius enough to commit to a second season — but not enough to have the low-rated drama bring down its Thursday primetime block. The network is moving Aquarius and its equally challenged neighbor, Hannibal, to Saturday nights.

Effective immediately, the rest of the dramas' respective seasons will air at 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday, with a two-hour block of Dateline Thursday Mysteries airing in their place on the more competitive night.

The news comes just a few weeks after Aquarius earned a second season — with NBC touting strong streaming numbers for its initial nonlinear release — and Hannibal got canceled. The drama's current third season will be its last on the network, and creator Bryan Fuller has been open about the fact that he's yet to secure a new home for his critical darling.

"It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered Aquarius and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said of Aquarius at the time of its renewal.

No streaming stats have been release for the Aquarius, but it and Hannibal have languished in their live-plus-same day showings. And the change in has not been terribly kind to either series. With the latest live-plus-seven day ratings released Monday, Aquarius is only improving to a 0.9 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49. Hannibal just grew to a 0.6 rating.

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