“Hannibal” and “Aquarius” Get Saturday Treatment
More bad news for fans of Hannibal and Aquarius. Poor ratings have prompted NBC to move the shows from Thursday to Saturday nights.
As previously reported, the network has officially cancelled Hannibal, which concerns the early exploits of notorious serial killer / cannibal Hannibal Lecter, but has renewed Aquarius – starring David Duchovny as a cop who goes undercover to investigate cult leader Charles Manson and his “family” – for a second season.
As of this week, Aquarius will air from 9 – 10, while Hannibal gets the 10 – 11pm slot.
Frantic efforts to find the series a new home have, to date, proven unsuccessful. Executive producer Bryan Fuller has said that the show will not be getting a new lease of life on Amazon.
Last month, fans launched a petition to save the show – more than 70,000 signatures have been grabbed up to date.
However, as of right now, things look bleak for Hannibal‘s future. As a result, stars such as Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne will likely move on to other projects, while Fuller is already gearing up to shoot American Gods – a TV series adaptation of of Neil Gaiman’s best-seller of the same name. Fuller has developed and written that show together with executive producer Michael Green.
As for Aquarius, meanwhile, NBC says it’s done well in the digital realm. The network put the entire series online shortly after its two- hour premier on May 28.
In its most recent airing on July 9, the series enjoyed a rise of more than 20 per cent among adults within the 18 to 49 age demographic.