‘Swingtown’ swaps time slots

'Flashpoint' takes over Thursday spot

The Eye has swapped time periods for racy ’70s drama “Swingtown” and more traditional cop drama “Flashpoint” effective this week.

“Flashpoint,” a Canadian co-production, has been handed the more desirable post-“CSI” slot Thursday nights at 10 p.m. “Swingtown,” meanwhile, will take over “Flashpoint’s” Friday 10 p.m. slot.

The Toronto-based “Flashpoint” has been a Friday ratings winner for both CBS and CTV the past two weeks. Since its July 11 premiere, the show has averaged 7.6 million viewers on CBS. Its two telecasts have also averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share.

North of the border last Friday, just over 900,000 Canadians tuned into episode two, more than doubling the aud for the next closest 10 p.m. competitor.

“Flashpoint,” from Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with the CTV and CBS Paramount, stars Enrico Colantoni and former Canuck rock star Hugh Dillon as members of an elite police squad. It’s the first Canuck series since “Due South” to air on “reverse” simulcast in the U.S.

“Swingtown,” meanwhile, has earned decent critical reviews but has struggled to find a ratings groove. Show has averaged 6.5 million viewers and a 2.2 rating/7 share in adults 18-49.

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