Topic: The Playboy Club

Networks Lay Rotten Eggs

Newcomers like Fox's 'Mob Doctor' stink up prime time while NBC's 'Revolution' cracks the hit code

In an inversion of the old proverb that advises against counting one’s chickens before they’re hatched, broadcasters appear to have an awful lot of dead pullets on their hands. Of the…

Ghost Town: The Vanishing 10 p.m. Broadcast Drama

2011-12 season ends with grim tidings for time slot

The 10 o’clock broadcast drama tottered further down the road to oblivion this season, as not a single series in the time slot finished among Nielsen’s highest-rated programs. Per 33 weeks…

‘Smash’ Stumbles in Second Act

NBC drama down 26 percent after much-ballyhooed debut

A week after knocking off the season’s highest ratings in the 10 p.m. slot, NBC’s Smash fell to earth Monday night, losing more than a quarter of the dollar demo. According…

'Smash' Strikes a Chord With Viewers

NBC's Broadway baby puts up big numbers in its debut

NBC’s dogged promotional push for its new Broadway drama, Smash, appears to have paid off, as Monday night’s premiere delivered the season’s highest ratings in the 10 p.m. slot. According to…

'Rock Center' Not Rocking

NBC newsmagazine struggles to find an audience

Pushed into service following the failure of The Playboy Club, expectations for the NBC newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams were understandably modest. Two episodes in, and the Peacock appears…

NBC Clips ‘Free Agents’

Comedy is second new series to get the ax

NBC has canceled its new Wednesday night comedy, Free Agents. In its four-week run leading out of the modest hit Up All Night, the Hank Azaria sitcom never found a…

NBC Kills Off ‘The Playboy Club’

Brian Williams newsmagazine to replace Bunny drama

The ears weren’t the only things that flopped at The Playboy Club, as three weeks of poor deliveries have doomed NBC’s much-ballyhooed fall drama. The first new series of the 2011-12…

Crash and Burn: ABC’s 'Pan Am' Is Another Downer

Three weeks into the new season, dramas are flailing

Heading into the third week of the 2011-12 TV season, the new crop of broadcast dramas appears to be dying on the vine. Programs that got off to a healthy start…

TV Deathwatch: Could NBC's ‘Free Agents,’ ‘The Playboy Club’ Be Fall's First Casualties?

Hank Azaria comedy draws an anemic 1.0 rating in key demo

A mere two weeks into the fall TV season and it appears that NBC may have two dead series on its hands. According to final Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, NBC’s new Wednesday…

'The Playboy Club' Advertisers Say They Didn't Abandon Show

The PTC wants them to stop running ads

NBC’s ratings-challenged new series The Playboy Club—which lost a million viewers in its second episode this week—has another problem to contend with: the Parents Television Council, which recently launched a…