So much for summer programming being where the living’s easy: At NBC, cancelled and renewed shows are getting the same treatment. The network today kneecapped its Thursday duo of recently cancelled Hannibal (not surprising) and the just-renewed Aquarius (much more surprising) and put them on Saturday night, owing to poor ratings.

Beginning this week, Dateline Thursday Mysteries will air from 9-11 PM on Thursdays. On Saturday, Aquarius will air from 9-10 and Hannibal from 10-11 PM.

Aquarius - Season 1The move comes after Aquarius saw a 25% rise in the adults 18-49 demographic in its last airing of July 9. Still, it only gave the David Duchovny-starring series a 0.5 rating. NBC had taken the tactic of putting all of Aquarius online soon after its debut. The network claims the show has been a big digital draw ,which maybe is where it is finding its audience. As for the long-low-rated Hannibal, it must really not like Mondays as that was the day the three-season show was cancelled, the day that EP Bryan Fuller said the show wasn’t getting a new life on Amazon (or Netflix) and, now the cannibal series — which matched a series-low 0.4 last week — is shuffling off to the TV graveyard.

10 months
My husband and I think AQUARIUS this is THE BEST show this summer! The cast is amazing!...
10 months
My husband and I love Aquarius! It's the only sumner show we are watching this summer.
10 months
Hannibal, while interesting and twisted, is weird and difficult to understand. The acting is amazing, but if...