Smash Moving To Saturday Nights....And Why

Even a guest spot from Jennifer Hudson wasn't enough to resuscitate the ratings for NBC's "Smash."  The network has announced that starting next month, the Broadway-themed drama will be getting a timeslot downgrade, moving from Tuesday nights to Saturday nights.  "Smash," starring "American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty, has been struggling with ratings for the first part of its sophomore season, and last Tuesday's episode only brought in a disappointing four-point-five million viewers.  NBC has promised to show all 17 of this season's scheduled episodes, but the timeslot shakeup is considered to be a sign that the series won't have any luck being renewed for a third season. 

Hudson's appearance, playing a Broadway sensation who mentors McPhee's character, has been one of this season's highlights so far.  The show has a number of guest spots planned for the rest of the season, including Uma Thurman and  Grace Gummer, who is the daughter of Oscar winner Meryl Streep.  "Smash" moves to Saturday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern beginning April 6th.