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NBC cancels 'Animal Practice'

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crystal the monkey is hanging up her doctor's coat.

NBC said Thursday it's pulling the low-rated sitcom "Animal Practice," with the last episode to air Nov. 7.

The series stars Justin Kirk ("Weeds") as a veterinarian at a New York animal hospital. His co-stars include Crystal, a Capuchin monkey with the "Hangover" movie sequel among her credits.

"Animal Practice" had the dubious distinction of annoying Olympic viewers: NBC interrupted the Summer Games' closing ceremony to air the sitcom's debut episode.

This week, "Animal Practice" drew less than 4 million viewers. That compares to the more than 14 million averaged by top-rated sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS.

"Animal Practice" will be replaced by "Whitney," starring Whitney Cummings, which returns for its second-season debut 8 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Nov. 14.


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