Three weeks after NBC unveiled its new Thursday Night drama lineup, the network is shaking things up–again.
TV Line reports that NBC has pulled Allegiance after the freshman drama series struggled with five, low-rated episodes. Since the series had an initial 13-episode season order, it is unknown what will happen to the remaining eight episodes. Allegiance struggled to hold down the post-Parenthood time slot, scoring 5 million total viewers and a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo rating in its premiere five weeks ago. The most recent episode clocked in 3.4 mil/0.8 demo rating
To fill in the time-slot void left by Allegiance, the network is moving another freshman drama, The Slap, into Allegiance’s 10 PM EST/9 PM CST time-slot. The special event series, based on the Australian series of the same name, has struggled to gain an interest with viewers, with its debut scoring 5.1 million total viewers and a 1.1 in the 18-49 demo rating. The most recent episode fell to 3.4 million and a woeful 0.8 in the demo rating.
To fill the void left by The Slap, NBC will debut a new investigative series called Dateline: The Real Blacklist. Hosted by Richard Engel, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, Dateline: The Real Blacklist will feature conspiracy-themed investigations and crimes that involve larger-than-life perpetrators and circumstances.
NBC hopes that the change in time slot will benefit a ratings increase for The Slap, but it’ll have to fend off ABC’s highly successful How to Get Away With Murder and CBS’s Elementary.