Struggling first year drama “Vegas” has been bumped to Saturday this week to make room for a CBS News special on the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
It’s not unusual for breaking news to impact a network’s regularly scheduled programming, but it’s telling that CBS chose to bump tonight’s 9 p.m. “Vegas” — the only series with a fresh episode scheduled to air on the network — instead of the repeat “Undercover Boss” or “Hawaii Five-0” episodes airing at 8 and 10 p.m. ET, respectively.
Rather than holding the new episode for a later date, CBS is hastily dumping it on Saturday (April 20) night at 8 p.m. That’s not a good sign at all for one of the few CBS series still awaiting word on a renewal for next season.
Given the show’s declining ratings, especially in its shift to Friday nights, “Vegas” is considered a major long-shot to make it to Season 2 and this move appears to seal the deal.
“Vegas” — a period drama starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss — hit a series low of 7.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo in its most recent Friday airing. The final three episodes of the season are still scheduled to air on Fridays, at least for now.