Last summer, NBC moved in to quickly renew the David Duchovny drama series Aquarius despite soft linear ratings. The show had gotten a dual rollout, with the entire season made available for streaming right after the series premiere on NBC. As the linear ratings eroded further following the renewal, Aquarius was moved from Thursday to the low-trafficked Saturday night.
For a second consecutive year, NBC has downgrading Aquarius‘ time slot, this time without a renewal in hand. The Charles Manson drama will move to Saturdays after the Olympics on August 27. In the most recent Live+7 ratings available, Aquarius logged a modest 0.6 in adults 18-49, up from 0.4 in Live+Same Day.
At TCA on Tuesday, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke did not sound optimistic about Aquarius’ renewal chances. “David and the talent are really important to us, and we’ll continue to support the show wherever we put it,” Salke said, admitting that bringing back the series for a third season would be “tough.”
Aquarius showrunner John McNamara sounded more upbeat when announcing the scheduling change on Twitter.
#Aquarius update. Being moved to Saturdays; rest of Season 2 will air starting 8/27. We’ve survived this once… and will again. Semper Fi.
— John McNamara (@johnthemcnamara) August 1, 2016