Piven's Fishy Flight Costs Show Big Bucks

12/23/2008 5:40 AM PST

Piven's Fishy Flight Costs Show Big Bucks

Jeremy Piven's abrupt departure from "Speed-the-Plow" has cost the show hundreds of thousands in ticket sales in not even one full week.

According to the numbers released by the Broadway League, "Speed-the-Plow" grossed only $326K last week, which was down $160,000 from the week before, and the house at the Ethel Barrymore Theater was just half full. Piven's role was filled by his understudy for the week.

Emmy winner Norbert Butz steps in today, and then William H. Macy does his turn starting January 11.