NBC was the first network to cancel a new fall show this week by axing The Playboy Club
, and now they've also canceled the second new show of the season. The Hank Azaria comedy Free Agents
was canceled today after airing just four low-rated episodes.
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In all fairness, Free Agents lasted two more episodes than I thought the show would get
. The initial ratings were terrible and when Free Agents
moved to its regular time slot (Wednesdays at 8:30pm) it became the lowest-rated non-CW show on primetime television.
The ratings for the fourth episode actually improved slightly to 3.3 million (up from 3.1 million the previous week), but that wasn't enough to save it. Currently there's no word on what will fill the time slot, but it will most likely be repeats of one of NBC's Thursday night comedies (possibly Whitney, much like how the spot left by The Playboy Club
is being filled with reruns of Prime Suspect
Despite the failure of Free Agents
, this is still an exceptional year for comedies. So far NBC's Up All Night
, FOX's New Girl
and CBS' 2 Broke Girls
have all been picked up for full seasons.(Image courtesy of NBC)