'Outlaw' gets a death sentence from NBC

jimmy-smits-outlaw-320.jpgAnother new show has bitten the dust: "Outlaw" is riding off into the sunset on NBC.

The network, which shut down production of the show last week, has pulled the low-rated low-rated legal drama starring Jimmy Smits from its Friday-night schedule. Starting this week, the show will air at 8 p.m. ET Saturdays through Nov. 13; after that, it's finished.

On Fridays, meanwhile, NBC will air the new unscripted series "School Pride" (which premieres this week) at 8 p.m. and a two-hour "Dateline" at 9.

"Outlaw" had a somewhat promising start for NBC this fall. The pilot drew better than 10 million viewers after the "America's Got Talent" finale on Sept. 15. Once it moved to Fridays, though, the audience plummeted: Its three Friday episodes averaged only 4.6 million same-day viewers.

Factoring in DVR viewing for the Sept. 24 episode (the only week for which those numbers are available), "Outlaw's" average climbs a bit to 5.1 million viewers, but that still trails CBS' "Blue Bloods" and ABC's "20/20." It averaged a meager 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.

"Outlaw" becomes the third new series this season to get the ax, following FOX's "Lone Star" and ABC's "My Generation."

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