UPDATED: CBS Cancels "Viva Laughlin"
CBS has announced the cancellation of "Viva Laughlin" this afternoon. The show will be replaced by "The Amazing Race."
The rookie series, produced by actor Hugh Jackman, premiered in its "regular" timeslot last night to an embarrassing 1.2 rating (even most of the shows on The CW score a higher rating).
"The Amazing Race" begins its 12th cycle on Sunday, November 4. A repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" will fill the slot next Sunday.
The network's other timeslot candidate "Jericho" will be launched later in the season, because the networks are trying to stockpile as many fresh hours of scripted programming as possible. "Jericho" will then get a stronger marketing push.
Come to think of it, if "Jericho" is launched in the middle of what seems to be an inevitable writers' strike, perhaps the show will rise to the levels it once averaged in the fall of 2006.