That 1.0 adults 18-49 rating last night didn’t do flailing new NBC comedy Animal Practice any favors. The network just announced that Animal Practice will be replaced by Whitney, whose second season will premiere November 14. Animal Practice will remain on the air until then.
It has been a fast fall from grace for Animal Practice, whose pilot was previewed during NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics’ Closing Ceremony. But the comedy starring Justin Kirk and Crystal the monkey never found traction when it launched last month. Meanwhile, NBC signaled that it may have other plans in store for returning comedies Whitney and Community last week when it pushed back the shows’ scheduled Friday debut. Whitney and Guys With Kids are the only multi-camera comedies on NBC, and now they will run together. The move brings Whitney to the Wednesday 8 PM slot where it aired for the second half of last season. Will Community re-join NBC’s Thursday night next?
So far, NBC has given back-nine orders to freshman drama Revolution and comedies Go On and The New Normal, with Guys And Kids‘ and Chicago Fire‘s fates still TBD. (Guys With Kids has been a stronger ratings performer than Animal Practice, regularly building onto its lead-in.) Animal Practice underwent two changes since the pilot: the female lead was recast with JoAnna Garcia Swisher after the pilot and original showrunner Gail Lerner was replaced by Marco Pennette after Episode 3.
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