‘Straight’ down the drain

'Behavior,' 'Craziest Videos' to fill slot

Fox is putting reality skein “Playing It Straight” on hiatus as part of an overall shakeup of its Thursday and Friday skeds.

“Straight,” a relationship-based unscripted show in which a single woman has to determine the sexual orientation of her male suitors, is being pulled from the lineup effective immediately. Starting Friday, skein’s 8-9 p.m. slot will be filled by clip shows “Totally Outrageous Behavior” and “World’s Craziest Videos.”

Also starting Friday, unscripted sudser “Forever Eden” will permanently shift to Fridays at 9 p.m., giving Fox an all-reality Friday. “Wonderfalls,” which has struggled in the latter slot, will now shift to 9 p.m. Thursdays starting this week.

Despite an extensive promo push, “Straight” never found an audience on Friday, averaging a meager 3.9 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 over its three-week run. Because the skein has a strong competition element, Fox plans on bringing the show back this summer so viewers can find out how the game ends.

Though rare, it’s not unheard of for a net to pull a reality show in the middle of its run. A few years back, NBC did just that with a show called “Lost,” while ABC yanked “The Family” after just a couple episodes last winter. Both skeins eventually returned to finish out their orders.

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