If Castle should be moved, which day?
ABC is at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to its schedule. With Castle its only show that is at the stage of contract renewals and the state of its ratings, ABC is faced with a dilemma. Do you hope the ratings rebound (which they probably won’t) or do call it a day with season seven. And if you do that, do you move the show to another night to open up that Monday spot for a freshman show or move one of its weaker dramas to that coveted Monday night spot? If I was in charge of programing, I’d move Castle to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., Wednesday at 10 p.m. or even Thursdays at 8 p.m. All three of those spots ABC needs to have a strong performer. Castle is strong.
But the question is, can the show withstand a move without its lead-in. I’ve said before, the show shouldn’t have to have that lead-in in order to get a boost in the ratings. But in just reviewing the past two weeks, it’s very clear that the show does need that DWTS crutch. And it shouldn’t. That’s the sad thing.
Given how Castle performed with The Bachelor, it’s very clear that the show can’t stand on its own without that boost. Will ABC gamble?
My prediction is that it’ll come off that Monday 10 p.m. slot in the fall.