With its Thursday night line-up preparing for a face-off with CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback beginning next month, NBC is pulling its weak freshman comedy, The Weber Show, off the air during February sweeps, Variety reports. Although the network has not named a replacement, there's talk that episodes of Frasier may follow Friends at 8:30 pm. Insiders were buzzing that viewers would watch Friends at 8 pm, and then flock to CBS at 8:30 to catch the second, more interesting half of Survivor (when the crucial votes are cast). But with NBC apparently prepared to pull out its big guns, TV's most hotly contested battle just got a lot more interesting.
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