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NBC Yanks 'The Michael J. Fox Show', USA Cancels 'Psych'

February 6, 2014 (3:05 am) GMT
The Peacock pulls the freshman sitcom from its schedule following low ratings, while the cable channel ends the run of the drama comedy series after eight seasons.
NBC Yanks 'The Michael J. Fox Show', USA Cancels 'Psych'

Two shows are coming to an end. NBC has pulled struggling sitcom "" from its schedule after airing 15 episodes of its freshman season, while USA Network pulls the plug on "" after eight-long seasons.

NBC will replace the -starring sitcom on its Thursday timeslot with 's "" starting February 27, following NBC's Winter Olympics coverage. It's unclear whether the remaining seven episodes, which were completed last December, will be broadcast.

The cancellation doesn't come as a surprise since the rookie comedy has been struggling in ratings, with the last episode only drawing 2.2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

The Peacock has previously canceled another new comedy, "", which aired immediately after "The Michael J. Fox Show" on Thursday nights. "We're really unhappy we can't find an audience for them in those time periods. We're still going to work hard to see what we can do on Thursday nights, but it's a real uphill battle," NBC boss Robert Greenblatt recently said about both shows' performances.

"Psych", meanwhile, will bid farewell to fans with its last episode on March 26 at 9 P.M. ET/PT, followed by a Q&A with the cast and series creator Steve Franks in live "Psych After Show". Announcing the show's end, USA President Chris McCumber hints that the main characters may return, but the medium is yet to be revealed.

" 'Psych' has made an indelible imprint on the television landscape with a unique brand of comedy," he says. "The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved and will be an exclamation point on the series' incredible run. And while the series will wrap in March, somehow I don't believe we've heard the last of Shawn and Gus."

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