Skein unable to lift Wed. slate

HOLLYWOOD — With sweeps month just around the corner, CBS continues to prune its lineup by canceling the Kevin Pollak/Nancy Travis starrer “Work with Me,” effective immediately.

After four episodes, the Stephen Engel-produced sitcom was unable to revive the Eye’s historically low-rated Wednesday 8 p.m. hour, landing a 5.3 rating and 8 share in overnight markets on its final broadcast. The Universal/CBS Prods. show held an 87% retention out of “Cosby” and finished fourth in its timeslot.

Originally, program was thought to hold some promise after landing a second place win in total viewers and building by 8% on its 18-49 lead-in from “Cosby” after the second week of its season.

In its place, CBS will air a repeat of “King of Queens” on the 27th, followed by a repeat of “Everybody Loves Raymond” the following Wednesday. Once November sweeps gets underway, the network will air a previously skedded slate of specials throughout the month in the timeslot.

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