NBC’s ‘Ellie’ exiting, UPN laffers laff least

Peacock comedy may come back despite falling ratings

Viewers won’t be “Watching Ellie” for much longer — while the few who had been tuning in UPN’s new laffers will have to find something else to do on Tuesday nights.

Former “Seinfeld” sidekick Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new NBC sitcom will wrap up its spring run on April 2, six weeks after its premiere, the net confirmed Thursday. It’ll be replaced by repeats of “Will & Grace” and, eventually, new segs of “Three Sisters.”

NBC officials said the sked shift has nothing to do with “Ellie’s” ratings, which have been heading south since the skein’s impressive Feb. 26 premiere. The plan all along, they say, has been to save seven of the 13 episodes from the show’s original order for next season since Louis-Dreyfus has agreed to produce just 15 segs of her show each year.

Peacock execs never made that plan public, however. And Wednesday, a network spokesman conceded to the New York Daily News — which first reported the “Ellie” move — that the skein’s most recent numbers were a disappointment.

Meanwhile, UPN didn’t mince any words regarding the fate of Tuesday laffers “As If” and “Random Years”: They’re history. Both skeins failed to crack a 1 rating in the 18-49 demo — awful stats, even by weblet standards.

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