Somewhere the ghost of “Hannibal” is looking at “Aquarius” and feeling its pain. Last year, both NBC series were moved to Saturdays nights because of low ratings; the main reason that the David Duchovny series managed to survive that was because of a loyal support black and an early renewal for a season 2 off of the strength of an unusual first-season launch where the network made the entire batch of episodes available at once online.
Can the show survive such a move again? Judging from what creator John McNamara put on Twitter, we’re going to have to wait and see. New episodes of the show are going to air starting on Saturday, August 27, which means that the series will face that uphill battle once more.
Who knows? Given that NBC did renew the series once before, anything is possible. With that being said, our suggestion here would be to enjoy the ride for however long you are on it, since it could be ending at any moment.
So far this season, “Aquarius” is averaging around 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is down slightly more than 20% off of its season 1 average. Then again, that average was front-loaded mostly by when the show was airing on a different night of the week other than Saturdays. Season 2 so far has out-paced the season 1 Saturday airings in the demo, and if it stays steady despite the super-tricky move, it may have somewhat of a shot.
One way or another, we’ll pass along further news as we have it. For now, share your hopes for the series in the comments, and head over here to get some other TV news on all we cover, sent right over to you via our official CarterMatt Newsletter. These updates are sent out to everyone on a weekly basis. (Photo: NBC.)