I told you that NBC got bitch-slapped by Univision last Wednesday in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours. Now comes the fallout: NBC’s unscripted show Chopping Block is being pulled from Wednesday’s primetime lineup at 8 PM after only 3 episodes aired. So reports James Hibberd, the excellent TV columnist. His sources say NBC informed affiliates Thursday PM that the reality series will bite the dust. (I tried watching it because I liked the BBC version Last Restaurant Standing, but NBC’s version featured Brit chef Marco Pierre White’s mumbling and fingerwagging.) The restaurant competition debuted poorly on March 12th, then plunged in the ratings with each week. Replacing it will be repeats of 2008 episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Now you can see I’m not the only one snarking about NBC’s failures. “NBC is fortunate to have Jay Leno’s 10 PM talk show in the fall considering how many slots are getting cleared out this season,” Hibberd notes. “Including Chopping Block, six series are not returning — Knight Rider, My Own Worst Enemy, Crusoe, Lipstick Jungle and ER. A couple midseason reality shows, Superstars of Dance and Momma’s Boys, are likely gone. Four others are looking pale and shaky — Friday Night Lights, Kath & Kim, Life, and Kings.”