US network NBC has cancelled Animal Practice – ending the rookie sitcom after five episodes and declining ratings. The Peacock network said it will replace the half-hour series, about a veterinary hospital, with the second season of Whitney, starting November 14.
Animal Practice faced ample competition in its Wednesday 20.00 slot, squaring off against heavy-hitters like CBS’s Survivor, ABC’s returning comedy The Middle and The CW’s promising new superhero yarn Arrow.
Produced by Universal TV and American Work, the show debuted in August during the Olympics to a 4.1 share among 18-49s before shifting to its regular slot on September 26, where it scored a 1.4, and in the following weeks slid down from that. It was created by Alessandro Tanaka and Brian Gatewood.
The cancellation is the second of the 2012 fall season following CBS’s axing last week of Made in Jersey. NBC earlier this month placed full-season orders for its rookie series Revolution, The New Normal and Go On.