NBC Cancels 'The Playboy Club' TV Show

Bob Johnson

NEW YORK — NBC TV’s “The Playboy Club” is closing its doors.

The network has cancelled the show after only three episodes and has no plans to air any of the remaining shows.

The drama was axed because of poor ratings, pulling only a low 1.2 rating last Monday night with only 3.4 million viewers. It will be replaced by Brian Williams' "Rock Center" on Oct. 31.

Until then, repeats of the new drama "Prime Suspect" will air in its timeslot, Mondays at 10 p.m., NBC said.

Entertainment Weekly said the move came as no surprise as there were low expectations for the ‘60’s drama that tried to pick up on cable TV’s “Mad Men” buzz, but was saddled with tamer network restrictions.

Prior to its debut, the show came under heavy fire from the Parents Television Council calling for it to be blocked, a boycott plea from feminist and former undercover Playboy Bunny Gloria Steinem, as well as being refused air time by Salt Lake City's main NBC affiliate station.