Channel 5 is to move season two episodes of Dallas to 11.00pm from Tuesday 19 February. The US drama had previously occupied a prime-time slot of 9.00pm but ratings have been suffering since its return in January.
Last night’s episode – the second in the new series – had an overnight viewing figure of 0.62m, down on the 0.71m who tuned in to see the season premiere on Tuesday 29 January. When the revival of Dallas was first shown in September 2012, its debut netted nearly 3m viewers for the broadcaster.
A spokesperson at Channel 5 said of the scheduling decision: “Because Dallas has not performed as well as we wanted we have moved it to a different time slot.”
The current run of the Texan supersoap is set to feature the demise of oil baron JR Ewing following the death of actor Larry Hagman in November last year. Former stars of the series including Deborah Shelton (who played JR’s mistress Mandy Winger) and Cathy Podewell (JR’s second wife Cally) are set to return for the character’s funeral alongside Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing), Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) and Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing).
Hagman’s co-star Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, recently commented to Radio Times: “The influence of JR is going to continue throughout the run of the show, however many years that goes.”
In America, where Dallas is shown on cable channel TNT, the second season opener picked up 2.98m (a 58 per cent drop from its debut in July 2012), but ratings have now dropped another 25 per cent to 2.23m.