CBS DROPS 'LOVE MONKEY' FROM TUESDAY NIGHT

Yet Another Mid-Season Network Series Shelved

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- CBS has taken its Tuesday night comedy “Love Monkey” off the air. The series is the second heavily hyped mid-season show to be shelved following ABC decision to drop “Emily’s Reasons Why Not.”

The series, from Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Network Television, was compared to HBO’s cheeky take on Hollywood hangers-on, “Entourage,” and featured Tom Cavanagh and Jason Priestly. CBS ordered eight episodes.

Officially on hiatus
Officially, “Love Monkey” is going on hiatus, though it is unlikely to make a return given its ratings performance; audiences, it seemed, did not share the love. The show aired Tuesday at 10 p.m. and squared off against NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” and ABC’s “Boston Legal.” A repeat of “CSI” will air in the slot on Feb. 21 after which “Amazing Race” will take the time slot. Also joining CBS’ Tuesday night slate is “The Unit,” at 9 p.m. The series, starring Scott Foley, is about covert special-forces operatives and their wives.

“Love Monkey” nabbed a 3.5 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic on its first outing on Jan. 17 and a 3.1 on its subsequent airing on Jan. 24. In total viewers, it dropped from 8.6 million to 5.3 million.

Media agencies are still wondering about the fate of ABC’s “Jake in Progress,” which is also on hiatus, and NBC’s “Joey,” which was benched as part of the network's rejiggering of its Thursday night lineup.

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