TV Buzz: NBC Pulls ‘Animal Practice’ From Schedule; ‘American Horror Story’ Snags Premiere Ratings High

By: Lauren DiMascio / October 18, 2012

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It’s almost November sweeps, the month of many guest stars and here is yet another one we can add to the list. Deirdre Lovely, previously seen on The Wire, will be popping in on ABC’s Private Practice as a woman who is suing Addison (Kate Walsh) for the wrongful birth of her daughter. Lovejoy will appear on the Nov. 13 episode of the drama, which is told from Addison’s point of view. [TVLine]

Which freshman dramas dipped in the ratings Wednesday night?

ABC’s Nashville took a dive Wednesday with a 29 percent drop in the ratings and only 6.8 million viewers for its second episode. Fellow freshman drama, NBC’s Chicago Fire also dropped 21 percent with only 5.9 million viewers. Meanwhile, The CW’s Arrow and Supernatural remained steady with 3.5 and 2.2 million viewers respectively. CBS won the night overall with their shows, Survivor, Criminal Minds and CSI. FX’s American Horror Story came back with a bang with 3.9 million viewers and was No. 2 in the 10 o’clock hour according to ratings points.  [EW]

Animal Practice has been pulled from the schedule. The low-rated comedy starring Justin Kirk and Crystal the Monkey is the second show to be taken off the air this season, following CBS’ Made in Jersey. NBC will air Whitney in its place beginning Wednesday, Nov. 14. [NBC]

Alan Ball’s Banshee has been given a debut date. Ball executive produces the project, which stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood. Hood is an ex-con who continues his illegal activities though he’s taken on the identity of sheriff of Banshee, Pa. The series premieres Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 PM on Cinemax. Ball stepped down as the showrunner on True Blood to work on this and other projects. [Cinemax]

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