Hills has lost half of its 18-34 viewers; is Kristin Cavallari’s fake, scripted drama to blame?

Since The Hills returned without Lauren Conrad, an episode that lost almost a million viewers compared to the previous season premiere, the show has continued to lose viewers.

Ratings have been “tumbling to 1.72 million viewers for the season’s third episode last Tuesday,” Media Life reports, noting that it “averaged 1.06 million adults 18-34, … less than half the 2.3 million who tuned in to the show at its peak two years ago.”

The site speculates that bad actor Kristin Cavallari is to blame, because her “actions are becoming increasingly implausible, even by the loose standards of reality TV.”

Kristin recently told the Los Angeles Times that everything she does is fake and compared it to a scripted show: “I pretty much do anything they have me do because I don’t care. I mean, we’re filming a TV show. Let’s make it interesting. Let’s have a good time with it.”

She said producers “tell us what to talk about. Listen, I have fun with it. They film ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ the same way.”

Viewers of ‘The Hills’ head for them [Media Life]
‘The Hills': New star Kristin Cavallari is ready to put on a show [Los Angeles 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.