NBC adds 5 ‘Players’

NBC has ordered five more episodes of its frosh Friday drama “Players.”

The Peacock web also confirmed Monday it will add “TV Censored Bloopers ’98” to its struggling Saturday lineup as a regular 8 p.m. series starting Jan. 31.

“Players,” from producer Dick Wolf and Universal TV, has had trouble gaining a foothold in its Friday 8 p.m. timeslot this season against ABC’s dominant “TGIF” sitcom slate. With last week’s pickup, NBC has ordered a total of 18 episodes of the series, which stars Ice-T as an ex-con turned undercover FBI agent.

Season to date, “Players” is averaging a 5.7 household rating and 11 share, and a 3.0/10 in the key demographic category of adults 18-49.

“TV Censored Bloopers” returns to NBC’s primetime sked next month, just in time for the February sweeps, with Dick Clark as host and executive producer. NBC opted to revive “Bloopers” as a regularly scheduled series after the Clark-produced “When Bloopers Attack” spec delivered solid numbers for the web last month. Clark’s “TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes” skeins and specs have served as pinch-hitters for NBC at various times since 1981.

The latest incarnation of “Bloopers” will bat for the canceled Saturday sci-fi drama “Sleepwalkers.” The 8 p.m. “Bloopers” hour will be followed by “The Pretender” at 9 p.m. and “Profiler” at 10 p.m.

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