NBC sweeps ‘Square’ off for ‘Friends’

In order to boost its chances in a tight November sweeps race, NBC has yanked its Thursday 8:30 p.m. sitcom “Union Square” off the air this week and will run a “Friends” repeat episode instead.

“Union Square,” produced by NBC Studios, is the lowest-rated show on NBC’s powerhouse Thursday lineup, and the show recently dropped one of its ensemble cast members. But NBC says the show is in no danger, and will be off the air for just one week.

Lineup tinkering

NBC isn’t the only web tinkering with its lineup mid-sweeps. CBS is airing a “Rockford Files” movie from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, instead of its kids sitcom lineup, and the Brian Dennehy movie “Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan” from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. next Tuesday in place of its dramas “Michael Hayes” and “Dellaventura.”

ABC has also announced some changes to its TGIF lineup, starting Dec. 5. As expected, the sitcom “You Wish” is gone from the lineup, and ABC will double-pump “Sabrina: the Teenage Witch” instead.

“Sabrina” will run at 8 p.m. and at 9 p.m., some weeks with two originals, some weeks with repeats in one or both of the timeslots. “Boy Meets World” will air at 8:30 p.m., and “Teen Angel” will air at 9:30 p.m.

Separately, the WB announced that it has picked up its entire primetime lineup for a full season, and it’s the only network that’s done so. The shows receiving pickups are: “The Tom Show,” “Alright Already,” “Unhappily Ever After” and “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher.” All the Monday, Wednesday and remaining Sunday programs had already been given full-season orders.

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