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Persons Unknown Will Be Even Less Known

NBC's summer thriller Persons Unknown has remained anonymous to most viewers, and this past Monday it averaged its smallest audience yet, just 2.8 million viewers. No surprise, then, that the network today told its affiliates that starting July 17, the appropriately acronymed PU will now start stinking up Saturday nights at 8 p.m. It will air opposite Fox's Cops, which will likely reduce the show's already tiny viewership to microscopic levels. In another Peacock schedule shift, say good-bye to those extra comedy repeats NBC's been airing on Thursdays this summer. Affiliates were most unhappy with the low ratings that encores of shows such as The Office and Parks and Recreation were averaging from 10 to 11 p.m., leading into the local news; so, starting July 15, they'll be replaced by repeats of Law & Order: SVU. (The comedies will continue to air from 8 to 10, though.)

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