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Animal Practice: Cancelled But Not Gone Yet

NBC has cancelled their first new show of the season, Animal Practice. The move hardly comes as a surprise considering the poor ratings but many guessed the TV series would be the first one cancelled even before it premiered.

Animal Practice revolves around a talented vet (Justin Kirk) who really connects with his patients but has a hard time with human relationships. The sitcom’s cast also includes JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Tyler Labine, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Betsy Sodaro, and Crystal the capuchin monkey.

NBC gave Animal Practice a high-profile preview in August, during the Olympics. Unfortunately that didn’t lead many to return last month when Animal Practice officially debuted. The ratings were bad. The first episode attracted a disappointing 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 5.19 million total viewers. The two subsequent episodes drew worse and worse numbers.

The peacock network is dropping Animal Practice from the schedule after November 7th, presumably once the eighth episode has aired. It’s unclear if NBC will get around to releasing the remaining five episodes of Animal Practice or if they’ve even been completed.

Beginning November 14th, the second season of Whitney will take over.

What do you think? Will you miss Animal Practice or are you glad to see it cancelled? Do you think it could have been fixed?


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Susan November 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I thought this was one of the funniest shows I had seen in years. Many people I told about it had never heard of it but were able to view the episodes after they had been broadcast and they were in agreement, this show should NOT be cancelled!!!


Kelli November 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

…and how do you know that, Christian? Did you work on the show?

Besides, you (usually) don’t SEE the cruelty. It usually happens DURING the training to get the animals to do stupid tricks. Am I a Peta member? Nope, and never have been! But I DO know those animals would rather be roaming free than forced into clothing, made to travel to and fro, and coerced into doing stupid crap to entertain you…


Randy S November 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I personally think that Animal Practice was one of the better and funnier shows on TV. Dr. Rizzo is a panic and actually could have been the star of the show.Bad choice by NBC,they should have just aired the remaining shows in a different time slot and seen what happens.


Amy November 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

Here’s an idea !! Why doesn’t Animal Planet or another similar network pick it up !!


Amy November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Please, please, please DONT cancel Animal Practice !! It’s the ONLY show on Primetime TV that I was actually enjoying. Why is it that if it doesn’t involve sex, crimes, bad language, and violence, then it’s canceled. Please reconsider !! Put it in a different day and time slot and give it a chance !!


carol November 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

30 rock and the office are in their last season and they are awful. they used to be good shows. why wasnt animal practice put in the thursday night time slot to give the show time to grow on people. the show moves quickly and none of the humor is forced. not everyone loves teenybopper humor.


allyn November 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I really liked it. But it didn’t have much of a chance given its Wednesday time slot . Bring it back on a different day!


Demented November 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Every one I know that saw Animal Practice Loved it but these “super intellects” at the networks put it in a time slot against some hugely popular shows! Duh. What did you think would happen?
Animal Practice was excellent but it was on at the same time as Survivor, Arrow and The X factor. Come on man! Pull hard and get that cranium out of your rectum so you can see things more clearly!
What’s going to happen now with Whitney when they put it in the same slot?


Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I loved animal practice. I couldn’t, wait for it every week. It had everything, especially the talented animals !!!!!!! Diane


Cindy November 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

RENEW Animal Practice!!!! This show was hilarious especially the monkey. I just think the ratings were low because of the day and time slot that you aired the episodes, which was competing against other shows that have been on the air for awhile and had a fan base. Bring it back but in a different day/time slot that won’t compete and give Animal Practice a fighting chance!!


Michele November 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Please don`t cancel Animal Practice! I finally had a show I could enjoy watching. Cancel Guy`s with kids and whitney instead. Those really stink bad.


Michele November 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Please don`t cancel Animal Practice! We need funny shows like this on tv .


duane November 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm

finally a good show, a good sitcom , not another stupid reality show,,, and they cancell it,,, bastard’s


D Zottolad October 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Really hate to hear that Animal Practice s being cancelled! We enjoy watching it every week. We have pets and have never sen any cruelty on the show. Maybe you just try another tine slot.


Christian Jesse October 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

No animal cruelty at all on the show..PETA can suck it!


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