CBS pulls 'Love Monkey' from schedule

Friday, February 10th 2006, 3:00 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ CBS has gotten the low-rated ``Love Monkey'' off its back.

The hourlong series, which starred Tom Cavanagh as a New Yorker searching for love and career success, has been pulled from the network's schedule, a CBS spokeswoman said Friday.

``Love Monkey,'' which aired 10 p.m. EST Tuesday, drew 8.6 million viewers to its Jan. 17 premiere but saw its audience drop to 5.4 million in the third and latest airing, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Although the network declined to say the show had been canceled, the sharp ratings decline makes its return unlikely. It joins another midseason entry, ``Emily's Reasons Why Not,'' in a quick death: ABC yanked the Heather Graham sitcom after one airing.

A rerun of ``NCIS'' will air in the ``Love Monkey'' time slot next week, with ``CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'' filling in Feb. 21, CBS said.