Unan1mous, American Inventor both losing large numbers of viewers

Two new reality series that started strong have lost significant numbers of viewers as the weeks pass.

FOX’s Unan1mous, which has the cushy post-American Idol timeslot, lost 54 percent of its lead-in last Wednesday. While the show did come in “No. 2 in its timeslot among viewers 18-49 and No. 3 among total viewers,” as Media Life reports, it was watched by just 12.2 million viewers. That’s compared to 16.04 million for its debut a few weeks ago.

But that’s nothing compared to Simon Cowell’s American Inventor, which is just bleeding viewers. The show had “just 6.8 million total viewers” on Thursday, according to the LA Times’ Scott Collins. That’s less than half of the 14.2 million it debuted with. Why is this happening? Collins cites a Television Without Pity post that Thursday’s two-hour episode was not about inventions, but “two hours of sob stories” and “who needs the money the most, who can make the audience cry.”

Fox’s ‘Unan1mous’ losing its animus [Media Life Magazine]
The Overnights: Another Flop for Simon [LA Times]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.