October 22, 2007 / 8:23 PM / 12 years ago

CBS pulls plug on "Viva" musical drama

File photo shows actor Hugh Jackman attending the third annual "A Fine Romance" evening gala in Culver City, California October 20, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - CBS’ musical drama “Viva Laughlin” has become the first major casualty of the 2007-08 season.

The network canceled the Hugh Jackman series after two dismal showings — a special premiere on Thursday and a time slot premiere Sunday.

Sunday night, the series based on the BBC format managed a minuscule 6.8 million viewers during the 8 p.m. hour. It shed almost a third of its audience between the first and the second half-hour.

CBS will air a rerun of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in the time period this week before bringing back the slot’s last year occupant “The Amazing Race.” The reality veteran will return for a 12th cycle November 4.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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