In Depth

NBC Shifts ‘Kings’ From Sunday to Saturday

“Kings” is dead … on Sunday nights. Long live the “Kings” … on Saturdays.

NBC has decided to pull its much-hyped new drama from its current 8 p.m. Sunday slot, effective immediately, a network insider said. “Dateline” will expand to two hours and fill the 7-9 timeslot for now.

The network will allow the small cadre of “Kings” fans a chance to watch the show’s remaining episodes, however. Starting April 18, NBC will shift “Kings” to network TV’s super death slot, 8 p.m. Saturday.

“Kings” had been slated to air Thursdays at 10 p.m., but new NBC Entertainment President Angela Bromstad nixed that plan within days of taking power. She banished “Kings” to the much more difficult 8 p.m. Sunday slot, where, following a weak premiere, it has continued to perform poorly.

The show’s most recent episode averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49.

Ms. Bromstad moved “Kings” in order to give another new NBC show—the John Wells drama “Southland”—a better shot. It premieres in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot this week.