Starz Moving Original Programming to Sundays to Compete With HBO, AMC

Starz will soon see if it has the Power to compete with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

The premium cable network announced on Wednesday that it is moving its original programming slate from Saturday to Sunday nights, beginning with the Season 3 premieres of Power (on July 17) and Survivor’s Remorse (on July 24).

“We see opportunity,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in an exclusive statement to THR. “Saturdays have worked so well that we feel our shows are going to be able to stand up on the most watched night of the week.”

Though Power and Remorse won’t initially face Thrones (which concludes its sixth season on June 26) or TWD (which doesn’t return until October), the network is poised to compete with Showtime’s one-two punch of Ray Donovan and Roadies, HBO comedies Ballers and Vice Principals and AMC’s paranormal Preacher.

Is Starz making the right decision by moving its original programs, or are Sundays crowded enough as it is?

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22 Comments
  1. Courtney Smith says:

    Outlander against Game of Thrones will suck :/ Love them both! As long as Starz releases Outlander at 12am on Sunday still, we’re good.

  2. Rick Katze says:

    That’s what recording devices are for. Networks who bunch everything together on one night trying to get an advantage and damn the audience.

  3. Yeah, because packing your stuff in with shows that in large part have bigger followings than yours is a great idea.

    • tvjunkie says:

      It’s not advertiser supported so what does it matter? The pay cable channels make money from subscribers and they replay episodes of shows multiple times, plus they make these things called DVRs and there is this whole concept of on demand.

      • johnhelvete says:

        You are correct that Starz like the other premium cable channels dont really care about live ratings but number of subscribers and how many of those subscribers watch a show. They dont care if you watch it live, DVR +3, DVR +7, on demand, a month later etc. This is probably a play for prestige since so many of the prestige shows are on Sundays. However, since they dont really care about live ratings, they could have kept their shows on Saturdays.

  4. Tim says:

    Power is excellent, can’t wait

  5. Amy says:

    My Sunday night DVR is already packed. I guess Starz will get shuffled to second tier for me.

  6. A says:

    I don’t understand this. The Starz shows have good audience numbers on Saturday night, where I’ guessing they don’t have a lot of direct competition, at least that is what the article makes it sound like, but they’re being moved into slots to be in direct competition with high-rated shows? I’ll never understand why networks knowing put their shows in direct competition with similar content, or in this case just in original content competition. Why not try to put your show on when it doesn’t have strong competition? Wouldn’t that be more likely to increase viewer numbers?

    • NJMark says:

      It seems that in the business, it’s not enough that you get an audience for yourself. You have to take audience away from someone else too.

  7. Sam says:

    Sorry. I will have to catch Power, Preacher, and Ballers on-demand. My Sundays are for Ray Donovan.

  8. bigbaz2a says:

    Put Ash Vs The Evil Dead against anything and i will watch it, as i probably would have spartacus! Too many people watch GOT and TWD with the fear of missing out rather than them being good! In a 6 episode run your lucky if 2 episodes are good and th rest are “the last 5 mins of something teasing” to keep people talking all week

  9. Bad idea, I think. It likely won’t affect “Power” as it won’t have heavy competition this summer. But shows like “outlander” and “Black Sails” will have to go up against “The Walking Dead” and “Game Of Thrones”. That’s asking to get them slaughtered in the ratings.

  10. Jann Aanestad says:

    Announce Outlander Season 3 confirmation! Game of Thrones vs Outlander!!! Bring it on!!

  11. Bad idea. Leave it on Saturday.

  12. Wouldn’t watch Power, Survivor’s Remorse or Ballers on any night. Vice Principals looks funny, though.

  13. LivelyMatter says:

    No. Making a big mistake. The Cable ratings for each network is going to be hugely affected across the board. Why change what’s already been working for them giving them great ratings especially on a Saturday Night where the young crowd is out partying or hanging out. Bad move, very bad.

  14. Ronnie Young says:

    Ok. Your headline is misleading. Power will not be facing the juggernauts Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead as you later admit to within the article. Also, It’s a pay tv service people could always set their DVR or just watch it at a later date(on demand) or the multiple times it’ll be rebroadcasted on the channel/network.

  15. AGENT CARTER says:

    So it’s official – there’ll be F-all to watch on Saturdays *smh*

  16. ninergrl6 says:

    Nooooo! Having Outlander & GoT on the same night would be an emotional overload. I love that (for my TV viewing purposes) Outlander has Saturday all to itself. This could backfire big time for Starz with their shows competing for viewers and sharing fan bases with the already-established Sunday shows.

  17. drhenning says:

    Who cares when Premium networks actual premiere their shows anyway??? Anyone who subscribes to premium networks get their On Demand offerings not only on TV but on connected devices.. Starz Programming can be downloaded to tablets and watched offline even.. You can subscribe to to Showtime and Starz via Hulu or Amazon… The only reason to watch when it is released live to the channels is for online messaging. Most of these shows you want to watch On Demand anyway since the OD offering has the short after segment and there are no commercials anyway.

  18. I pay for all 3 directly(HBO,SHO,STARZ) so I watch them when I feel like it. I’ve been watching outlander on Sunday’s at 8, g.o.t. at 9, and penny dreadful at 10 on Sundays so schedules don’t mean much to me.

  19. Susan Franklin says:

    Too much on Sunday already, also the best PBS shows are also on Sunda night. Saturday night has nothing to watch.