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]

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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.