How to Be a Gentleman is taking its lesson plan to the weekend. CBS has moved the fledging Thursday night comedy to Saturdays, the network announced.
Beginning Oct. 15, Gentleman will air on Saturdays at 8:30/7:30c, while Rules of Engagement will take over the vacated Thursday night slot at 8:30/7:30c beginning Oct. 20.
Gentleman's first two airings both drew lackluster ratings. The new CBS comedy debuted to 9 million viewers and a 2.7 adults 18-to-49 demo rating — a decent start, but a significant drop from the 14.5 million and 4.8 rating its lead-in The Big Bang Theory pulled in.
Gentleman, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, also bowed 33 percent lower in the demo than $#*! My Dad Says did a year ago, which aired only 18 episodes before being canceled. In week two, once again, How to Be a Gentleman failed to hold on to its lead-in. The comedy drew 7.82 million and a 2.5 demo rating.
Rules' move probably comes as good news to star Patrick Warburton, who recently slammed the network for originally sticking his show on the weekend for its sixth season return. "The scripts are great and we're having a lot of fun doing the show, but God knows if anybody's gonna find us on Saturday night," he said.
While CBS hasn't canceled Gentleman — yet — the other networks have been hard at work axing shows. CW pulled H8R from its schedule after only four airings, and NBC unloaded The Playboy Club and Free Agents.