Cooking Showdown sent back to kitchen

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NBC has decided not to air the remaining episodes of reality contest Celebrity Cooking Showdown, an Iron Chef-like show produced by Sean "P.Diddy" Combs and Wolfgang Puck. The show, which was supposed to air every night this week, received abysmal ratings.

On Monday, Showdown scored a 2.8 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo. Tuesday, against powerhouse American Idol, it sank to 1.1/3 in the demo, and last night, Wednesday, it nabbed only 1.5/5.

The show featured nominal celebrities such as Gabrielle Reece, Cindy Margolis, and a preening Ashley Parker Angel, as they battled it out in a kitchen stadium. In his battle, former O-Town member Angel repeatedly hauled his gangly, blonde-maned self up onto the different cooking surfaces and posed with his thumbs up.

This is the second high-profile, midseason show that ailing NBC has pulled after only a few episodes. In March, the network premiered the Doug Liman project Heist. After five episodes, they axed it.

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