'The Playboy Club' TV Season's First Cancellation

October 4, 2011 - 1:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's Playboy Club is closing early.

The network said Tuesday it is cancelling its highly-publicized new drama, "The Playboy Club," after only three episodes. Its time slot will eventually be filled by Brian Williams' new newsmagazine.

The Monday night drama, set in the 1960s, had only 5 million viewers for its first episode two weeks ago and kept losing viewers. Nielsen said the show had only 3.5 million viewers this week.

It's the first cancellation of the new fall TV season.