October 4, 2011
NBC has made its first cancellation of the 2011-12 season, with The Playboy Club being the one to fall. The freshman series had only aired three episodes before getting the axe.
The network's decision was likely made after the show pulled a lowly 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, marking its third straight week of falling viewership. Controversy around the show's subject matter likely factored into the move as well.
Replacing The Playboy Club on Mondays at 10:00pm will be repeats of Prime Suspect, another new NBC series also faltering the ratings.
(Source: TV by the Numbers)