Chopping Block removed from menu

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NBC's latest contribution to culinary competition, The Chopping Block, has been sent back to the chef. The network has pulled the show from its schedule after only three episodes, says Variety, putting it on the shortlist of shows that only lasted a few airings.

The Chopping Block certainly didn't help NBC pull out of its current ratings slump--hardly anyone watched it. The program recently only grabbed 2.6 million viewers and had stats that were pretty embarrassing: a 0.9 rating and 2 share in the 18-49 demo.

In the show, which is an American adaptation of an Australian reality program, British chef Marco Pierre White oversees amateur cooks who compete against each other to open up a restaurant. If it sounds like other cooking reality shows out there, it's because it is. Or was.

Taking over the Wednesday time slot will be repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. NBC will reportedly air the remaining episodes of The Chopping Block at a later date, but don't be surprised if the show simply gets tossed out.

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