Ratings for Real World Denver’s “alcohol-fueled promiscuity” down from Key West

The Real World Denver concludes tonight after 28 episodes of what The Denver Post’s John Wenzel calls “little more than alcohol-fueled promiscuity.”

That behavior has been watched, the paper reports, by an average of “2.2 million viewers per episode, compared with Key West’s 2.6 million, according to Nielsen Media.”

In Denver, the LoDo’s Bar & Grill restaurant, which was featured in the show, cancelled viewing parties because no one cared. “[W]e weren’t getting any response,” said Beth Shaughnessy, the restaurant’s marketing director.

The investors who purchased the house for $3.3 million hope they’ll get response when they “open the Abbey Restaurant and Lounge in mid-July,” the paper reports. Josh Haakinson says, “We want to capitalize on what MTV has already done for us, which is the publicity.”

“Real World” hits, misses for city [Denver Post]

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