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Last month, NBC couldn't have been more enthusiastic about Aquarius, its new David Duchovny summer drama. After pulling a Netflix and making Aquarius the first broadcast series to stream its entire season immediately following its May 28 linear premiere, NBC announced on June 25 that it had renewed the drama for a second season. In discussing the renewal, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said Aquarius had "energized our summer."
Just two and a half weeks later, the network finds itself in the midst of an energy crisis: With ratings plunging for both Aquarius and its Thursday-night companion, Hannibal, NBC is moving both shows to Saturdays, which is broadcast's version of the witness protection program.