NBC Cancels 'Animal Practice', PETA Rejoices

NBC Cancels 'Animal Practice', PETA Rejoices

The network will replace the Justin Kirk-starring comedy series with season 2 of 'Whitney' starting November 14.

NBC's "Animal Practice" isn't going to run for a long time. The network has decided to pull the plug on the new sitcom after airing only 7 episodes of it since it kept struggling in ratings. The series will continue to air on Wednesdays at 8/7c until the second season of "Whitney" premieres on November 14. The sophomore comedy was previously pushed back from its October 19 return date.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which protested against "Animal Practice", is now overjoyed with the cancellation. "PETA's staff are celebrating today in response to news that NBC's 'Animal Practice' has been canceled," the organization says in a statement.

"The cancellation of 'Animal Practice' sends the strong message that using animals for cheap laughs on TV shows is archaic and uninteresting to today's viewers, who are sophisticated enough to know that not only is putting a monkey in a lab coat not funny, it's also cruel."

PETA previously accused the freshman show of exploiting animals. The organization wrote on its website in September, "Many of the telltale signs of animal distress and anxiety can be seen throughout NBC's show. For example, the 'smile' that Crystal exhibits on the program is actually an expression that typically indicates fear or aggression in capuchin monkeys."

"Animal Practice" started it out strong when it premiered during London Olympics in August with an average of a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers. When it debuted in its official time slot on September 26, the rating slipped to 1.4 with 5.2 million viewers. The number keeps dropping with the most recent episode posting a 1.0 rating in the coveted demographic.

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    Oct 20, 2012

    I love Crystal. The show is charming and run. I've seen Crystals trainer speak about her and he's a great guy and Crystal is treated well. Of course people would rather watch intelligent reality tv like the Kardashians

    Oct 19, 2012

    Watch Penn and Teller's show Bulls***t segment on PITA, very informative. You can probably find it on YouTube.

    It sucked
    Oct 18, 2012

    The show sucked anyway, the dude that played the doc was a sarcastic ass, no wonder it didnt last, bad writters

    Oct 18, 2012

    Speaking of exploiting animals, a funny joke: The head of PETA is diabetic and takes animal derived insulin... which she strongly protests others from doing but says she can because she's special. (Not a joke, look it up.)

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