NBC has taken "Celebrity Cooking Showdown" off its primetime menu after three nights of abysmal ratings.
The reality series was originally scheduled to run five consecutive nights beginning April 17, but the network shelved "Showdown" on Thursday with two servings still to go.
The show averaged a measly 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 demographic. Tuesday opposite "American Idol" was particularly pathetic, with NBC bottoming out with a 1.1 rating and 3 share in the 9 p.m. hour. "Idol" did an 11.0/31, by contrast.
NBC is replacing "Showdown" with repeats of "Will & Grace" and "My Name Is Earl" on Thursday and "Deal or No Deal" on Friday. The fourth episode of "Showdown" will air on NBC.com.
Hosted by Alan Thicke, the show featured models (Cindy Margolis), actors (Tom Arnold), singers (Patti LaBelle) and chefs (Wolfgang Puck) in a "boot camp"-style race to complete a fancy meal as a frenzied studio audience cheered them on.