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NBC set to spike ‘Mike’

Ax swinging on frosh laffer, ABC reskedding TGIF

After a disastrous second outing, NBC is expected to pull the plug on frosh laffer “The Mike O’Malley Show” within the next week.

Peacock execs hadn’t made any official decision on the show’s fate as of late Wednesday afternoon, but network insiders said either cancellation or a prolonged hiatus are all but certain. Show tanked Tuesday, plunging NBC to fourth among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m.

“O’Malley” will be off the sked for the next two weeks due to long-scheduled baseball playoff commitments. It could return for a week or two after baseball, but it’s unlikely to see the November sweeps, NBC insiders said.

Short-term, NBC could easily plug the 9:30 p.m. Tuesday hole with repeats of successful sitcoms such as “Friends,” “Frasier” or “Will & Grace.”

An NBC spokeswoman had no comment.

Meanwhile, though the new TV season is barely a week old, webheads are already plotting changes to shore up weak spots.

ABC Wednesday moved quickly to salvage its new Friday night comedy sked, which bowed last week to disastrous results.

Starting Oct. 15, ABC will lead off its TGIF sitcom block at 8 p.m. with war-horse laffer “Boy Meets World,” currently airing at 8:30 p.m. “The Hughleys,” which joined the TGIF sked last week at 8 p.m., will shift to 9:30 p.m., while frosh half-hour “Odd Man Out” moves from 9:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ABC had hoped putting “The Hughleys” at 8 p.m. would help bring more adults into the kiddie-skewing two-hour block, which has suffered major ratings erosion in recent years. Instead, the rejiggered TGIF gave ABC its lowest household rating ever for a Friday night with first-run programs.