CBS laffers down drain

'Bob,' 'Charlie' summer sitcoms socked

It was a bloody weekend for CBS’ two burn-off laffers, as Eye execs plugged a pacifier in “Baby Bob” and launched impeachment proceedings against “Charlie Lawrence.”

The network yanked both shows off its schedule over the weekend at the last minute, airing a repeat “The Price Is Right” special in “Baby Bob’s” Friday night slot and a “CSI: Miami” rerun on Sunday in place of “Charlie Lawrence.” Both sitcoms had already been relegated to the summer, making their long-term prospects pretty dim.

Eye execs said both shows could return later in the summer — but there seems to be little pent-up demand for either show.

After three episodes, the second season of talking toddler sitcom “Baby Bob” has averaged a 1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49. CBS ordered eight episodes of the comedy, which performed respectably for the net last year.

Meanwhile, “Charlie Lawrence,” starring Nathan Lane as a gay TV star-turned-U.S. congressman, pulled a 1.0/3 with adults 18-49 in its two Sunday night outings.

“Big Brother 4” is already on tap to fill the Friday 8 p.m. slot beginning July 11; a variety of repeats will continue in “Charlie’s” spot on Sundays for the time being.

“Baby Bob” comes from Viacom Prods., while “Charlie Lawrence” hails from 20th Century Fox TV and CBS Prods.

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