“The Playboy Club” Could Be Fall’s First Cancellation Casualty

It’s starting to look like NBC’s answer to Mad Men, The Playboy Club is in line to be one of the first casualties of the fall TV season. After a low 5 million viewers tuned in for the first episode, the ratings dropped yet again for week two. For the record, NBC had a really weak Monday night with over ten million people tuning in to watch Dancing With The Stars and Castle on ABC. CBS even had a really strong showing with all of their primetime slots doing over ten million.

Despite the poor the ratings, there is another crippling factor contributing to The Playboy Club’s demise: the Parents Television Council. The group has been chastising the show since it’s fruition claiming that it glorifies and glamorizes the pornography industry. While the club itself doesn’t go much beyond being a little burlesque, the name itself is tied to the popular pornographic magazine. The group is trying to use all of their power to get the show off the air. It looks like their influence may have some heat.

As of right now, seven advertisers who bought commercial spots during the 10pm time slot have backed out of their agreements. Do you think it’s due to the fact that last Monday’s show only pulled in a disappointing 3.9 million viewers or is it because they don’t want their brand associated with Playboy? Here is what PTC President, Tim Winter had to say.

“What has been clear to everyone outside of NBC must now be clear even to those inside NBC: The Playboy Club is a commercial disaster and must be removed from the airwaves. We call for the network to cancel this degrading and sexualizing program immediately. As a licensee of the public airwaves, NBC has breached the public trust by airing what amounts to a weekly advertisement for a pornographic brand. As demonstrated by the Nielsen ratings for The Playboy Club the past two weeks, any further airing of the show not only pushes an anti-family agenda, but is a profoundly bad business decision. Until the program is removed from the public airwaves, PTC will be calling on its members and other concerned citizens to contact the sponsors. Today, we ask Capital One, Chrysler and Samsung if their corporate values are in step with those of the Playboy brand.

Have you been tuning in to The Playboy Club? What are your thoughts? Sound off below.

  • Matt

    It’s my favorite show on right now! NOOOOOOOO.

  • maxxie

    hell no! it’s awesome. i mean why dont they cancel one of all those boring medical shows? or desperate who’s doing the same thing over and over. the playboy club is my favorite show on right now as well! pan am was weak, but PBC is greaaaat!

  • jp

    This is a shame. I managed to catch part of the pilot and thought it was really cool.

  • Steve-O

    I’m loving it!!! To be fair Pan Am does seem better….but Playboy Club is actually really interesting. Laura Benanti is FIERCE!!!

  • normand

    the playboy club is better then pan am. More action more story and none of those stupid flashback all the time. I the community of parent and what so ever think is porno? WHAT PORNO, THE MUST BE CRAZY, THE ONLY THING TO DO WITH THOSES PEOPLES IS GO TO BED.