CBS Keeps 'Golden Boy' on Tuesdays, Moves 'Vegas' to Fridays
CBS Keeps 'Golden Boy' on Tuesdays, Moves 'Vegas' to Fridays
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
CBS is shaking up its schedule a little bit by keeping things the same. Golden Boy, the new mid-season cop drama, will stay put on Tuesdays at 10pm while Vegas is getting moved to Fridays at 9pm.

Golden Boy, starring Theo James as  New York City detective who becomes the youngest police commissioner ever seven years in the future, was originally set to have just two episodes Tuesdays at 10pm before moving to its regular time slot Fridays at 9pm. But the network has decided to keep it where it is. However, the third episode will still air Friday, March 8 at 9pm as originally scheduled, with the fourth episode airing Tuesday, March 12 at 10pm. Vegas, currently on a brief hiatus, will return with new episodes Friday, April 5 at 9pm.

Golden Boy premiered with 10.56 million viewers, dropping to 9.4 million in its second episode Tuesday night. That's well off the 10.9 million that Vegas averaged in the time slot during its first 15 episodes.

Given those ratings, the change seems a bit odd, but it's clearly a vote of confidence in Golden Boy, or else it's simply trying to keep the show solid instead of throwing it to the wolves on Friday nights. Vegas, which has a slightly more established track record, might actually do better Fridays.

This move doesn't necessarily mean bad things for Vegas. While getting banished to Friday nights is usually a sign of eminent death for TV shows (the CW's Cult being the most recent example), that's not the case for CBS. Undercover Boss is pulling in 9 million viewers at 8pm while Blue Bloods does an impressive 11 million at 10pm. That's right, on CBS, Friday isn't a death slot, it's actually home to one of the network's most reliable dramas.

Will Golden Boy be able to maintain its audience Tuesday nights, or will it continue to slip in the coming weeks? And will Vegas hold strong Fridays without a double dose of NCIS as a lead-in? That's a gamble CBS is willing to take.

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