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OTRC: 'Free Agents' is canceled by NBC

Hank Azaria and Natasha Leggero appear in a scene from the NBC show 'Free Agents.' (Dean Hendler / NBC Universal)

NBC has canceled its new comedy series "Free Agents," which featured "The Simpsons" actor Hank Azaria, after four episodes following lackluster ratings.

The workplace sitcom's debut on September 14 was watched by an estimated 6.1 million people and earned a 2.1 rating among viewers aged 18 to 49. The fourth episode, which aired on Wednesday, earned a 1.0 rating.

"Thanks to NBC for giving us a shot, thanks to all who watched 'Free Agents,' and thanks to all who worked on the show- we had so much fun!!" Azaria Tweeted on Thursday, October 6.

A source close to the matter confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Thursday, October 6, that NBC will no longer air new episodes of "Free Agents." The Hollywood Reporter said repeats of another freshman comedy, "Whitney," will be broadcast during the show's Wednesday time slot of 8:30 p.m., starting next week.

Another star of "Free Agents," comedienne Natasha Leggero, Tweeted on Wednesday: "Watch FREE AGENTS tonight or we get cancelled. NBC 8:30pt RT or I swear I will use twitter to get @MicheleBachmann elected president."

On Thursday, after news of the cancellation of "Free Agents" broke online, Leggero said: "Yay! The man who invented the Neilson [sic] ratings died yesterday."

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., who led the market research firm that measures and produces television ratings, died on Monday at age 92.

Another one of the stars of "Free Agents," former "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Anthony Head, Tweeted on Wednesday: "#freeagents is a smart funny adult comedy - don't let it die tonight. Watch it at 8.30/7.30 central on NBC tonight to keep it on the air!"

Azaria is best known as the voice of characters such as bartender Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu on the FOX animated series "The Simpsons" and has also appeared in person on "Friends" and in films such as "America's Sweethearts."

"I will never leave 'The Simpsons' but I love doing @nbcfreeagents!" the actor Tweeted on September 14.

Also this week, NBC canceled its new show "The Playboy Club" after three episodes. The show earned lackluster ratings and drew controversy by a watchdog group, which called the show "too racy." The network did, however, order full seasons for "Whitney" and freshman comedy "Up All Night," which stars Christina Applegate.

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