CBS Shifts 'BrainDead' to Sundays

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CBS is making a midsummer schedule change.

The network is moving its freshman series BrainDead to Sundays at 10 p.m. beginning Sunday, July 24 and replacing the low-rated comic thriller with repeats of Scorpion.

Scorpion will first return to Mondays on July 18 at 9 p.m., leading into the network's hourlong primetime coverage of the Republican National Convention at 10 p.m. Two weeks later, after primetime coverage of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, Scorpion will move back an hour to 10 p.m.  its normal time slot during the regular season.

Sunday is a familiar night for BrainDead creators Robert and Michelle King, whose lauded legal drama The Good Wife aired on Sundays for five of its seven seasons. BrainDead, like The Good Wife, will be paired with Madam Secretary (albeit, repeats of the Tea Leoni series this time around).

Despite the loyal following and critical acclaim The Good Wife earned over its seven-season run  the Kings earned an Emmy nomination Thursday for writing the series finale  BrainDead has received a more lukewarm reception from critics, as well as viewers. The series, which stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, centers on aliens in the shape of ants that begin replacing the brains of political figures in Washington D.C. 

The series opened to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and has since dipped to a 0.4. Although the Kings have discussed a four-season plan for the series, with each season taking place in a different major city, BrainDead has not yet been renewed.