After canceling "The Playboy Club" and "Free Agents," NBC is doing its best to stand by a slew of other struggling first-year shows.
One week after picking up full seasons of "Up All Night" and "Whitney," despite ratings that would make any other network cringe, NBC has ordered six additional scripts for the low-rated, well-regarded "Prime Suspect," according to EW.com
"Prime Suspect," which stars Maria Bello, has been delivering better ratings than "Playboy Club," but otherwise the show's performance gives little cause for optimism. NBC opted to give the drama a little extra exposure by airing repeats on Mondays at 10 p.m. until the premiere of "Rock Center" at the end of the month.
Note, of course, that ordering six additional scripts isn't the same as ordering six additional episodes. It gives the network a chance to track the creative direction of the show and, most importantly, it keeps the writers' room in business.
And, of course, the script order came before the latest episode of "Prime Suspect" drew only 4.5 million viewers. Ugh.