NBC Pulls Franken's 'Lateline' for Sweeps

NBC's critically-acclaimed sitcom "Lateline," which debuted its second season on Jan.6, is being pulled from NBC's schedule for February Sweeps. The show, which has been badly beaten in the ratings (including the all-important 18-49 demographic) by ABC's "The Drew Carey Show," will return to NBC's schedule on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m., following "3rd Rock From the Sun."

NBC recently showcased "Lateline " during its Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, and cast members poked fun at the network for not renewing it for a full season last year after the midseason show did well in the ratings. Executive Producer John Markus said the difference this time around was that the show was receiving "great feedback " from NBC. "Lateline," which stars former "Saturday Night Live " performer Al Franken, will be pulled from Wednesday night after next week's episode.

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