On the Lot stopped losing viewers, stabilizing with 2.3 million

Before CBS cancelled Pirate Master, its last episode drew 4.4 million viewers, the Washington Post reported, but FOX’s On the Lot is still on the air despite having about half that many viewers.

Still, there is some moderately good news for FOX’s series. Tuesday’s episode, during which we learned Penny Marshall is even more annoying and obnoxious than her brother Garry, drew 2.3 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That’s the exact same number of people who watched last week, as THR reported, and the exact same number that watched one month earlier, on June 26. In other words, the show stopped losing viewers.

While the format remains as dull as ever, and the host as annoying as ever, the films have actually gotten somewhat better. Fast-forwarding through all of Adriana Costa’s hosting, and through the package that precedes each film and spoils its plot and twists (thanks, dumbass producers), makes the show pretty watchable. All that’s left are some often-compelling and creative shorts, plus the judges’ comments.

Meanwhile, Adriana told her hometown newspaper The Acorn, “We are so proud of it. It’s such an unbelievable show.” At least she got one thing right: It is unbelievable that Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg produced and then let you host this turd of a show.

CBS Captures Top Spot Despite Mangy ‘Pirate’ [Washington Post]
Viewers flock to NBC’s ‘Talent,’ ‘Bee’ and Fox wins week in demo; CBS tops in viewers [Hollywood Reporter]
Hostess of Fox TV’s ‘On the Lot’ on the lookout for new film talent [The Acorn]

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