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US Office suffers ratings slide
Steve Carell in The Office
Steve Carell plays the lead role in the US version of The Office
The US remake of British sitcom The Office has seen its ratings slide after being moved to a new timeslot.

The second episode of the show, broadcast on NBC, attracted 5.9 million viewers on Tuesday. Its debut was seen by 11.2 million on Thursday 24 March.

The sitcom was always due to have a regular slot on Tuesdays after its first episode went out on a Thursday.

Before the debut, executive producer Greg Daniels said he did not expect it to start with a big ratings "bang".

The NBC series is a remake of Ricky Gervais' hit BBC comedy.

Ricky Gervais in The Office
Ricky Gervais' Office performance won a string of awards
The second episode came fourth in its 2130 slot, beaten by Fox medical drama House attracting 18 million viewers in first place. Starring British actor Hugh Laurie, House follows American Idol in the schedules.

American Idol was seen by 26 million people - but comedy Scrubs, which was on NBC directly before The Office, was watched by fewer than 6.5 million viewers.

Mr Daniels has said: "We're kind of hoping it's going to have more of a Seinfeld-like story in the ratings - people who really love comedy are going to find it and they're going to tell their friends."

The show, which also has Gervais and writing partner Stephen Merchant as executive producers, received mixed reviews from US critics.


"Compared to the BBC version, NBC's version is so diluted there's little left than muddy water," the New York daily News said.

Time magazine called the show, which has transferred from Slough to Scranton, Pennsylvania, "a daring, unflinching take on very American workplace tensions".

The Washington Post said the star of the US version, Steve Carell, "overdoes it at times" and is no match for Gervais' David Brent.

The US version of The Office is to be shown on BBC Three later this year.

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