ABC cancels The One after four episodes and “the lowest-rated adults 18-49 debut … in modern TV history”

ABC has cancelled The One: Making a Music Star after just four episodes.

Despite its insane popularity around the world, the ABC version had “the lowest-rated adults 18-49 debut for a reality show (a 1.1 demo rating/3 share) in modern TV history,” as Variety reports. With the following episodes, ratings “declined even further — and Thursday morning, ABC execs decided they’d had enough.”

Perhaps if they’d actually watched the series before airing it, they could have saved themselves the embarrassment; it was a pathetically incompetent attempt to copy American Idol and was basically unwatchable.

Variety notes that ABC “will have to settle up with producer Endemol USA, which was contracted to produce more than a dozen additional episodes of the show at a pricetag likely in excess of $1 million per” episode.

Grim reality for ‘One’ [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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