NBC Station Drops Ratings-Challenged Drama Series — but Not Because of the Ratings

May 1, 2013  •  Post A Comment

An NBC affiliate has dumped one of the network’s new drama series. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that the affiliate, Salt Lake City station KSL-TV, dropped the ratings-challenged drama "Hannibal," complaining about its graphic content.

The station posted on its Facebook page: "This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 p.m. NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.”

The station said it had received "numerous" complaints from viewers.

The drama is likely to air instead on the local CW affiliate. NBC had no comment.

KSL, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has dropped programming before because of what it calls objectionable content. It refused to run the short-lived "The Playboy Club" and the gay-friendly comedy "The New Normal."

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