Despite its subpar ratings, The Playboy Club is still stirring up trouble. The Parents Television Council (PTC) has been campaigning against the new NBC series since the middle of summer, but now that the show is officially on air, they’re looking to officially rip it out of the NBC lineup. However, there are few things that are just a little odd about this whole situation.
First, the PTC claims that the series has already lost seven advertisers, yet they are pushing full force ahead to demand that NBC remove the program from TV, even putting pressure on those sponsors still on board with Playboy. Second, the series, which debuted to just under 4 million viewers, lost 19 percent of its audience between the pilot and episode two. Third, the PTC president himself calls the program out as a “commercial disaster” yet he still insists “it must be removed from the airwaves.”
With all this in mind, and the fact that the series is already on a deathwatch before the PTC reared its head, it’s just a little puzzling as to why the PTC would work so hard to be the one to put the nail in The Playboy Club’s coffin, and why they would use the show’s lack of success as ammunition for NBC to cut the program. Dear PTC, that’s how television networks tend to work; advertisers leave, ratings are low and get lower, and shows get cancelled. It’s been this way for as long as we can remember. So why are they so vocal? My theory? So that when the bunny tails fall — and if ratings don’t increase, they will — the PTC can use the defunct Playboy Club as a feather in its cap. The victory may actually be due to lack of an audience, but the PTC will be able to use this cancellation as a product of their efforts.
If you’d like to make the PTC’s campaign a little more difficult, The Playboy Club airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC. If not, have fun watching Hawaii Five-0.