NEW YORK (AP) – MTV is shifting some of its racier music videos to late night and ABC is skittish about an “NYPD Blue” sex scene – part of the continued fallout from Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl flashing.

MTV said a handful of videos, including ones by Maroon 5, Ludacris, Cassidy, Incubus and the Ying Yang Twins, would only air between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., mostly for sexual content.

“We support the creative community, but we have to take into account what’s in the culture right now and be sensitive about that,” said MTV spokeswoman Jeannie Kedas.

MTV produced the Super Bowl halftime show where Justin Timberlake tore the covering off Jackson’s right breast in front of some 90 million television viewers.

The incident has prompted a Federal Communications Commission investigation and generated other cultural heat.

The conservative American Family Association set up a Web site, BoycottMTV.net, and said Tuesday nearly 50,000 people had signed up to support a boycott of the music network’s advertisers.

ABC was considering editing an upcoming “NYPD Blue” episode to change a brief sex scene so that a more PG version is available in time zones where the show is seen at 9 p.m., USA Today reported. The show is on at 10 p.m. in the East and West.

The show’s producer, Steven Bochco, told the newspaper that it was “a hysterical, knee-jerk response. I can’t stop them, but I think it’s really lame.”

A Bochco spokeswoman on Tuesday said that following the article’s publication, ABC had agreed not to edit the scene.

That was news to the network, where spokeswoman Sharon Williams said, “At this point, any discussions we have had with “NYPD Blue’ regarding the episode in question are quite preliminary. As we move forward in the process, we will have more definitive discussions regarding any issues pertaining to broadcast standards.”

CBS aired the Grammy Awards on Sunday on a five-minute delay for fear of airing any controversial content.

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