NBC is pulling its "Let's Make a Deal" revival off the air after three weeks.
The game show had been set to run through April 1, but the network changed its mind after Tuesday night's broadcast. The two remaining segments taped will be rescheduled for a later date, and network officials haven't closed the door on ordering more episodes.
NBC had planned to run the Billy Bush-hosted "Deal" on Saturday nights at 10 p.m., a low-pressure time slot on a night the network believed was ripe for growth.
But the network made a last-minute call to move "Deal" to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., forcing the series to face off against Fox's "American Idol" juggernaut. Not surprisingly, ratings weren't what NBC had hoped.
NBC will fill the 8 p.m. time slot with the special "Child Stars: Then and Now" next week and with a Three Stooges retrospective slated for April 1. No word yet on what will go into the timeslot after that.
Saturday nights at 7p Central (IMO, the best slot, because you'd get game leading out of game and Saturday night is a "safe" bet)
Tuesday nights at 7p Central.
Monkeys, I tell you. Programming chimps. Like Grimis said, the only thing that might work against American Idol is the aforementioned.
The "network officials haven't closed the door" statement might mean that they're still thinking about going syndie. I actually thought that last night's episode was the best out of all three, and that Billy might actually be getting better as the shows go along.
Keep in mind that there has been roughly 5 different versions of this show spanning over 50 years and at least around 8 hosts. There has to be something interesting to say. Hell, if the THS of Price is Right was interesting, surely this will be, too.