By James Hibberd
Updated October 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM EDT
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NBC is pulling the monkey off the stage.

Starting next month, the network is yanking freshman sitcom Animal Practice from Wednesday nights.

Not only that: The returning NBC comedy that you’ve all been waiting for finally has a premiere date.

That’s right …

Whitney is coming back!

(No, there’s no date yet for Community).

Animal Practice will be replaced by season two of Whitney starting Nov. 14, which means fans of the wacky veterinarian hospital comedy still get to see a few more episodes before its gone. Whitney does make more sense as a companion for Guys With Kids than Community since they’re both traditional “multi-camera”-style comedies (you know, CBS-like sitcoms). Production on Animal Practice is being halted this week after the eighth episode wraps (five have aired, three to go).

Last night’s Animal Practice fell 9 percent to 3.8 million viewers and a sad little series-low 1.0 in the adult demo, ranking as the lowest-rated broadcast show in the hour (including The CW). Lead-out Guys With Kids, by comparison, at least had 4.3 million and a 1.4 rating.

NBC still has plenty of reason to feel happy about the way fall is going. The broadcaster won the first three weeks of the broadcast season for the first time in a decade (The Voice helped … a lot). NBC was also able to successfully use the power of the Olympics to launch another of its freshman comedies, Go On. But even with Animal Practice ads during the Summer Games and a preview episode after/interrupting the Closing Ceremony, nothing could turn the primate-based sitcom into a hit.

This marks this year’s second cancellation of a new fall series. Previously, CBS whacked freshman legal drama Made In Jersey from Friday nights after only two episodes. What’s next, you think?

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