Life is imitating art as CBS's new drama Golden Boy, about a young cop who shoots all the way up the ladder to New York City police commissioner in record time, is getting its own hasty promotion. CBS announced today that Golden Boy won't be relegated to Fridays as was initially planned, and will stay put (after one Friday airing, scheduled for tomorrow) on Tuesday nights at 10pm, where CBS has been testing it.
"But wait," you say, "what about Vegas? Wasn't that on Tuesdays at 10pm?" Well, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay on Tuesdays (sorry). That drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, will move to Fridays at 9pm, where Golden Boy was originally headed. Vegas's first Friday airing will happen on April 5.
While this is great news for Golden Boy, it doesn't necessarily mean that CBS is planning to bury Vegas in a shallow grave in the desert. Vegas and its older audience will pair nicely with Blue Bloods, and the lower ratings expectations for Friday-night shows could work in Vegas's favor. Or maybe CBS really is putting it out to pasture.
Golden Boy performed admirably, but not outstandingly, in its first two airings on Tuesdays. It won its time slot each both times in ratings and overall audience (with an average just shy of 10 million viewers). However, it's only been up against ABC's Body of Proof and NBC's Smash, which is like The Harlem Globetrotters bragging about beating The Washington Generals.
The future of both shows is still very much a question mark, but the move indicates that CBS is trying to give each of them a better chance at survival.