October 4th, 2011
06:18 PM ET
It was slammed by critics from the very first episode, so it’s no surprise that NBC’s “The Playboy Club” has been axed after just three episodes. CNN can confirm that “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will replace the sexy '60s drama.
Beginning October 31, the newsmagazine show will take over the failed show’s time slot. Until then, repeats of “Prime Suspect,” starring Maria Bello, will air on Mondays at 10 p.m.
Since “The Playboy Club” premiered September 20 to 5 million viewers, ratings have dropped consistently with each episode. The most recent episode had 3.2 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I’m very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both ‘Whitney’ and ‘Up All Night,'” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
Fox’s Zooey Deschanel vehicle “New Girl” was the first new show to get a full-season order.
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