Sked smackdown for 'Harper's,' 'Sit Down'

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Two struggling new shows have been yanked from their plum time periods and replanted in low- traffic slots.

After three episodes, CBS is moving its mystery thriller "Harper's Island" from Thursdays to 9 p.m. Saturdays beginning this week. The network will air procedural repeats in the slot for two weeks before the May 14 season finale of "CSI: NY."

Meanwhile, Fox is pulling Mitchell Hurwitz's animated comedy "Sit Down, Shut Up" after two episodes. "Sit Down" will go from its post-"The Simpsons" slot Sunday nights to airing earlier, at 7 p.m. Repeats of "American Dad" will fill in at 7:30.

The remaining episodes of the final season of "King of the Hill" will occupy the 8:30 slot.

Both new shows premiered modestly then declined with each episode.

NBC's new cop drama "Southland" went head-to-head against "Harper's" and has fared better. The network still plans to air the remaining "Harper's" episodes, with the season finale set for July 11.

The move to Saturdays comes after NBC relocated "Kings" to that night (then pushed the show to summer) and ABC scheduled "Pushing Daisies," "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money" for the summer to burn off their remaining episodes.

"The preliminary DVR and online streaming data suggest a passionate audience for 'Harper's' outside its current Thursday time-period borders," CBS scheduling head Kelly Kahl said. "This move gives us an opportunity to improve the time period on Thursday while experimenting with more original programming on Saturday." (partialdiff)
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