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Eye contracting ‘Universe’

'Contender' looking for a new forum to fight in

NBC may be thinking about a timeslot switch for “The Contender,” while CBS has pulled the plug on underperforming frosh laffer “Center of the Universe.”

With Peacock execs set to meet the press this morning, there was buzz Thursday that NBC may move buzzworthy unscripted boxing epic “The Contender” out of the 8 p.m. Tuesday death slot opposite “American Idol.” Skein is supposed to bow there Feb. 22 after a Feb. 21 preview.

Insiders also said NBC is considering slotting “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” Fridays at 10 p.m. this spring, after “Medical Investigation” wraps its first season. Net has long said it will air mega-mini “Revelations” Wednesdays at 9 p.m. when “The West Wing” wraps its season in April.

Over at CBS, “Center,” which starred John Goodman and aired Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., has been doing a poor job of holding on to its “King of Queens” lead-in. This week’s episode averaged a 3.5/8 in adults 18-49, dropping more than 20% from “King” and hurting 10 p.m. drama “CSI: NY.”

“King of Queens” repeats will air through Feb. 9; “Yes, Dear” will debut Feb. 16.

Eye had ordered 14 episodes of “Center”; there’s no word if, or when, the remaining unaired segs will pop up.