‘Housewives’ out-muscle a ‘Hercules’

Miniseries moves due to 'Desperate' measures

It turns out even the mighty “Hercules” is no match for the “Desperate Housewives.”

NBC had originally planned to run the four-hour Robert Halmi-produced “Hercules” movie over two nights — a typical air pattern for a big-budget miniseries. Under that scenario, part one of the project would have aired on Sunday night, directly opposite ABC’s women of Wisteria Lane.

But given “DH’s” track record for crushing everything in its path — including the Peacock’s Golden Globes and CBS’ People’s Choice Awards — NBC schedulers decided to switch rather than fight.

“Hercules” will now lose an hour of its running time and air as a three-hour telepic on Monday, May 23.

While NBC’s move makes plenty of sense, it does reinforce how far the event network movie has fallen. Halmi’s past multipart projects for NBC, such as “Gulliver’s Travels,” were Nielsen blockbusters used as sweeps month weapons.

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