NBC Cancels 'Animal Practice'; To Be Replaced by 'Whitney' (and not 'Community')

The hammer has dropped on NBC's Animal Practice. Although it will continue to air the bulk of its remaining episodes through November 7th, the show has been officially cancelled by the network.

The Justin Kirk/Annie's Boobs-starring sitcom debuted big during the Olympics back in August, drawing nearly 13 million viewers, but soft in its timeslot debut at the end of September, and things only got worse from there. After drawing only 5.2 million viewers on episode two with a 1.4 in the demo, the show shed nearly a million viewers every week before bottoming out last night with 3.8 million in the overnights today, with a dismal 1.0 18-49 demo rating.

Those numbers aren't justifiable, even on NBC, so something had to give. As a result, Animal Practice joins Made in Jersey in the 2012 Parade of Television Failures as the second canceled show of the season. On our last update, we had Animal Practice with a 15% shot of survival on our Fall 2012 Survival Index.

According to TV Line, Whitney, which recently found its way into NBC's back pocket, will be taking the show's place, ending its short hiatus on November 14 at 8PM (where it aired for most of its freshman season last year), giving NBC a 1-hour multi-camera comedy block, unless Guys With Kids continues to struggle in the ratings itself (that show managed a 1.4 rating with 4.29 million viewers last night).

Community fans will note that Whitney is not Community, the other show NBC put in its "back pocket", pushing it out of its original October 19th season 4 premiere. We then speculated that NBC never intended to air either show on Friday nights, waiting instead for shows like Animal Practice to bite the bullet. Pairing Whitney with Guys With Kids makes sense, but it puts Community under even more uncertainty. If we had to venture a guess, we'd tell you not to expect Community until mid-season on Thursdays, when 30 Rock will have ended its run and Up All Night will have either ended its run or have been moved to a different night.

For now, you'll have to settle for only 30 seconds from the Community premiere, which Joel McHale debuted on Ellen earlier this week.

Comments 2
Ty Fisher's picture

Boy, sure didn't see that one coming. But it had a monkey!
/thin veil of sarcasm

George Prax's picture

To be honest, the couple of episodes I watches weren't terrible but the show was really uneven and needed like 10 episodes it wasn't going to get to sort itself out. Justin Kirk is great, as is Tyler Labine and the female lead, they all deserve to bounce back from this but I'm not going to lose any sleep over this.