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NBC’s ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Hannibal’ Downgraded to Saturday; ‘Dateline’ Gets Promoted

NBC has run out of patience with its low-rated Thursday drama tandem of “Aquarius” and “Hannibal,” revealing Monday that they will move over to little-watched Saturday nights.

The scripted series will air from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, flipping timeslots with the net’s popular “Dateline Saturday Mystery” crime franchise. Last week, the first-year Charles Manson-themed drama “Aquarius” and third-year “Hannibal” both delivered tiny 0.4 ratings in adults 18-49, while “Dateline” did double that (0.8) on Saturday.

The network’s advanced schedule shows the timeslot swap taking place in early August, but insiders confirmed Monday that the move is effective immediately.

The network effectively canceled “Hannibal” last month, announcing that “Hannibal” would not return to the network after its current 13-episode season wraps, but renewed “Aquarius” for a second season.

Saturday has long been a final resting place for underperforming series. Over the Independence Day holiday weekend, CBS began airing never-aired episodes of recent comedy failures “The Millers” and “The McCarthys.” Last summer, NBC slid drama “Crossbones” from Friday to Saturday to end its run.

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