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The Playboy Club: Cancelled

The Playboy Club  canceledAnd we have a winner — or a loser, depending on how you look at it. NBC has announced that they have cancelled The Playboy Club after just three episodes due to low ratings.

The new TV series revolves around patrons and staff of the Playboy Club in Chicago during the 1960s. The cast includes Amber Heard, David Krumholtz, Eddie Cibrian, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Laura Benanti, Leah Renee Cudmore, Naturi Naughton, and Wes Ramsey.

The show debuted on September 19th to a very disappointing 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.02 million viewers. It was a distant third in the timeslot. The following week, Playboy Club dropped 19%, to a 1.3 and 3.97 million.

Per the fast affiliates, last night’s episode dropped further still to a 1.2 rating and just 3.39 million.

The Playboy Club and NBC have been hit with sharp criticism from the PTC but ultimately it’s the ratings that did this series in. NBC has announced that they are cancelling Playboy Club effective immediately. They’ll fill the timeslot with repeats of Prime Suspect, the peacock network’s under-performing Thursday night drama. On October 31st, NBC will premiere Rock Center with Brian Williams in the Monday night timeslot.

It’s believed that seven episodes of Playboy Club have been produced but it’s unclear if the production team will be allowed to finish the 13 episode order or when/if NBC will release any of them.

UPDATED: You can follow all of the cancelled or renewed NBC shows here.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Playboy Club has been cancelled? Why do you think it failed to attract a bigger audience?

 

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Dawn November 10, 2011 at 10:52 am

I really liked the Playboy club. I like that it had all the story lines, it makes it interesting and not boring. I hope they bring it back!

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Paula November 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Honestly thought it was pretty good. Totally portrayed tje 60s vibe. There are a lot worse still on air. Hope that unshown episodes will be released on dvd

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Brenda October 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I was very disappointed that the show was canceled! It was a great show with some really great stars. Hopefully, the producers can change the name and finish the series. I am sure the name of the show is what kept some people from watching it.

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Ardra October 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!! It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who has no use for a show about a club that glorifies reducing women to sex objects for the entertainment of prickazoids. I’ve been boycotting NBC for even entertaining the thought of such a show, and apparently I’m not the only one. Now I can go back to watching Nate Berkus – I missed him!

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Mark October 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I loved the series…

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Ritta October 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I dont know about anybody else but i an sad about this…but mayb ppl like me r part of the “problem”. i wait till 12 am tuesday & watch it on-demand to cut out the commercials my only hang up was r u really tring to tell me NO black folk had enuff change to be a key holder…#imjussayin …anyway its a good show n sumbody should pick it up if nbc wont give it a chance… also a little PUBLICITY wouldnt hurt either…

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LNorris October 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

The show was too predictable, even with all the twists and turns it attempted to have. It was a mix of cliche story lines…mafia, sex, cheating, money, murder. The producers should of focused on one story line, instead of jumping around. At first they make you think OK this is going to be about a young cocktail waitress and how her life changes by working at the playboy club. THEN they focus on Nick Daltons sex and political life. THEN they bring the mafia into it. Of course you expect some sex, politics, money, mafia to be involved with a show about the Playboy club but you should only have ONE as the main theme. Also, the actresses were really beautiful but weren’t very good at acting AT ALL.

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charlee October 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Bring it back please!!! My roommate and I looked forward to watching it every Monday. So sad. At least show it on another Chanel.

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