NBC cancels 'Animal Practice'
This image released by NBC shows Crystal as Dr. Zaius, Justin Kirk as Dr. George Coleman -from the NBC comedy "Animal Practice." The series, which premiered in the fall, was canceled by the network. (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston)
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.