Nellie Andreeva

Golden Boy, CBS’ new drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop, is experiencing a rise in the standings itself. The midseason series, which was supposed to relocate to Fridays after two previews on Tuesday, will remain in the Tuesday 10 PM slot for the rest of the season. Golden Boy‘s first Friday airing, slated for tomorrow, will proceed as scheduled.

Meanwhile Tuesday 10 PM’s dweller Vegas, which was pre-empted to make room for the Golden Boy previews, will relocate to the Friday 9 PM slot beginning April 5, following the CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Golden Boy has not been a breakout, starting off with a soft 1.8 18-49 rating in its premiere and dropping 11% this Tuesday. But with lackluster competition from ABC’s low-rated Body Of Proof and NBC’s flatlining Smash, Golden Boy has easily won the time period, and its Week 2 dropoff was respectable. With the series’ 13-episode order, CBS will be able to air originals in the Tuesday 10 PM slot through May, which the network brass liked. Additionally, CBS executives like to test scheduling moves this time a year that they are considering for next season, and Vegas’ shift to Fridays certainly fits that bill. The show’s demographic profile matches closely that of CBS’ Friday 10 PM drama Blue Bloods — large, older-skewing audiences. If Vegas does OK in its new time slot, it will likely take over the hour next fall, replacing CSI: NY, which is on its way out. Additionally, with the relocation, Vegas‘ remaining six episodes will air uninterrupted, which helps serialized dramas. In its two Tuesday broadcasts, Golden Boy has averaged 9.98 million viewers and 1.7/05 in adults 18-49.

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