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Lyon’s Den Off for Sweeps

NBC has pulled its Sunday night drama, The Lyon’s Den
, for all of November sweeps, replacing it with a double-run of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Lyon’s Den
is neither cancelled nor on hiatus, NBC said, just off the schedule for sweeps.

The same goes for new sitcom Coupling
. In recent years, NBC has made a practice of pulling original episodes of new dramas, both to save originals for less competitive times and to try to attract more viewers with higher-performing shows.

With the addition of another run of Law & Order: CI
, NBC will air seven hours of a week of Law & Order
and its franchises on four nights of the week during sweeps, nearly one-third of its prime time schedule.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.