CBS pulls medical show "Three Rivers" from schedule

LOS ANGELES Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:48pm EST

LOS ANGELES Nov 30 (Reuters) - The new CBS medical drama "Three Rivers" on Monday joined the list of TV shows either shelved or unlikely to return to U.S. network television.

The Sunday night program was pulled from schedules, effective immediately, but CBS said it would complete production of its initial 13 episodes.

A network spokesman said the show was officially "on hiatus" but could not say when it might return. "Three Rivers" had been drawing an average 8.4 million viewers since September but audiences have been declining.

CBS said the program would be replaced on Sunday evenings by repeats of crime dramas "Cold Case", "Criminal Minds" and its new hit, "NCIS: Los Angeles."

Earlier this year ABC pulled underperforming comedy "Hank" starring Kelsey Grammer and opted not to order additional episodes of supernatural comedy-drama "Eastwick", while Fox benched sci-fi show "Dollhouse" despite picking it up for a second season. (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte) ((jill.serjeant1@thomsonreuters.com; +1 213 955 6749)) (To read more about our entertainment news, visit our blog "Fan Fare" online at blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/)