Real World Austin, called a “colossal bore” and the “worst season ever,” ends tonight

Despite the drunken violence and run-ins with the cops, when The Real World Austin ends tonight at 10 p.m. ET, it seems that many people won’t exactly be crying.

The Austin-American Statesman’s Diane Holloway sums up criticism for this season, noting that the “general consensus among fans and episode recappers is that it has been a colossal bore.” Fans of the series call this the “worst season ever” to “boring beyond belief.” Still, in terms of viewers, the show is “averaging 3.41 million viewers a week. That’s more than the previous season, which was set in Philadelphia — but less than earlier seasons set in San Diego, Las Vegas and Chicago.”

While Austin officials say they’re happy with the exposure, Holloway says that by “the time the production wrapped in May, the cast had worn out its welcome.” Austin Film Office director Gary Bond said the show “reflects well on the city but maybe rather poorly on the state of youth in America.”

MTV’s ‘Real World’ cast raises a final, boring glass tonight [Austin-American Statesman]
The Real World Austin [MTV]

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