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NBC dethrones 'Kings' until summer

NBC had already exiled "Kings" to Saturday nights, and now the show has been dethroned until the summer.

The critically acclaimed but little-watched show has been taken off the Saturday schedule, effective this week. Reruns of "Law & Order: SVU" will fill the 8 p.m. Saturday spot for the next few weeks.

The show, a modern-day retelling of the biblical story of David that stars Christopher Egan and Ian McShane, will at least get a chance to play out its final episodes, but that won't happen until well after the TV season ends. It will return to the schedule on Saturday, June 13 and air its final episode in late July.

Despite mostly positive reviews, "Kings" struggled in its initial Sunday-night time slot, averaging only about 5 million viewers over four episodes. That number predictably dropped when the show moved to the dead zone of Saturdays; last week's episode brought in only 2.4 million viewers.

ABC PULLS TWO COMEDIES. ABC has also pulled its comedies "Samantha Who?" and "In the Motherhood" a week earlier than expected.

ABC's decision to yank "Samantha Who?" and "In the Motherhood" from Thursday's lineup caps rough weeks for the two comedies. On Monday, the network announced that "Ugly Betty" would return April 30, a week earlier than previously scheduled. Last night, ABC aired a "Grey's Anatomy" rerun at 8 p.m. There's no word yet on when the comedies will be back on the schedule.

- Zap2it

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