Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment “tanked” in the ratings

If CBS judges it by the ratings alone, Jeff Probst’s Live for the Moment probably won’t be back. The pilot/special averaged 4.67 million viewers last night, which in its hour was good enough for third place, ahead of reruns of comedies on NBC and The Vampire Diaries on The CW. However, it came in last place among viewers 18 to 49, the only people advertisers care about.

Also bad news: 4.92 million people tuned in during the first half hour, but half a million of them turned it off before the second half-hour, according to data compiled by TV By the Numbers. It seems like at least some people agreed with me that it just wasn’t a great show.

The Hollywood Reporter says that all this means it “tanked in the ratings, hurting the chances of reality projects starring the terminally ill everywhere,” while HitFix says the show “won’t live for many more moments.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

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.