Sat.1's 'Klinik am Alex' on life support

Medical series debuted middling, then declined

COLOGNE, Germany -- German network Sat.1 is pulling its high-profile but low-rated hospital series "Klinik am Alex" off primetime after just five episodes.

The show, a sort of German "Grey's Anatomy" featuring hot young doctors competing for love and success at Berlin's leading research hospital, was supposed to be the highlight of Sat.1's new lineup. Instead, it proved a critical case. The series premiere drew a middling 7.8% market share, which sunk to 6.1% by the fourth episode.

Sat.1 will air the fifth episode Thursday, then replace the show with new episodes of U.S. crime series "Numbers."

Berlin-based production company Teamworx already has shot 27 episodes of "Klinik am Alex," so the series won't vanish entirely from Sat.1. A channel spokeswoman said the show will be moved to a less competitive slot, with a weekend access prime position a possibility.

Two other big-budget Sat.1 in-house productions, the sitcom "Plotzlich Papa" and "House" clone "Dr. Molly and Karl," also have performed well under expectations this season.
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