NBC Strands 'Crusoe' on Saturdays

NBC has moved original episodes of the struggling first-year drama "Crusoe" to Saturday nights and given its old time slot to "Lipstick Jungle."

Starting on Friday, Dec. 5, the Brooke Shields series "Lipstick Jungle" will move to 9 p.m. on Friday nights, the third time slot of the season for the low-rated series, which premiered on Wednesday nights and was shuffled off to Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

From that point, "Lipstick Jungle" will air its remaining episodes on Fridays at 9 p.m., running until early January. Media reports had "Lipstick Jungle" on the verge of cancellation two weeks ago, though the show's actual status is closer to limbo.

Episodes of "Dateline NBC" will air at 10 p.m. on Fridays.

"Crusoe" will move to Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting on Dec. 6. In its final Friday airing this past week, the international co-production drew an anemic 3.5 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

Either NBC is shunting "Crusoe" off to Saturdays to die, or else the network is trying to think outside-of-the-box, moving the family-adventure to what has become a wasteland for original programming. While FOX continues to air new episodes of "COPS" and "America's Most Wanted" on Saturdays, the other network have mostly slotted that night for repeats and the occasional movies. "Crusoe" will become the first original scripted series to air on Saturdays in several seasons.

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