LOS ANGELES -- The NBC television network on Tuesday canceled the controversial new drama "The Playboy Club," which had been castigated by feminists and TV watchdogs.
The show was set in a 1960's era Playboy Club and focused on the lives of the female employees, known as Playboy bunnies.
It was canceled after only three episodes, enough to attract vociferous criticism and disappointing ratings with just 4.1 million viewers tuning in to the last episode on Monday night.
The network said it would replace the show with a news show hosted by anchor Brian Williams.
Industry insiders said they had long expected the demise of the show, which had unsuccessfully tried to emulate the vibe of the hit "Mad Men," set in an advertising agency in the 1960s.
The Parents Television Council, one of the show's most strident critics, welcomed the NBC decision to pull it, saying that it was "a poor programming decision from the start."
"We're pleased that NBC will no longer be airing a program so inherently linked to a pornographic brand that denigrates and sexualizes women," said the organization, which had organized a boycott of companies that advertised during the show.
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