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NBC pulls the plug on ailing ‘Providence’

“Providence,” the NBC family drama starring Melina Kanakaredes, will conclude its run on the network with a two-hour finale Dec. 20.

Heading into the season, NBC had ordered just 13 episodes of the series, which had been a surprise Friday-night hit since its premiere in January 1999. The show has drawn mediocre ratings this fall, however, averaging about 10 million viewers, per Nielsen Media Research estimates, but it actually delivered its best results in three outings Friday. No replacement has as yet been named for the time slot.

Separately, NBC has extended full-season, 22-episode orders to the network’s Sunday-night dramas “American Dreams” and “Boomtown.” Combined with higher ratings for “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” the new series have improved NBC’s Sunday performance, compared with last year.


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