Two years ago, truTV warmed the holidays with Santas in the Barn, a good-natured, witty, joyous Christmas-themed competition that kept the spirit of goofy, fun competition series alive after King of the Nerds was unceremoniously cancelled earlier that year.
But what happened to it? Why wasn’t there a Santas in the Barn season two?
Earlier this year, I mentioned it to truTV President Chris Linn during an interview, and asked him to please bring it back for a second season.
“I love the fact that you love Santas in the Barn,” he laughed. “We love Santas in the Barn. It might have been a little too far too soon in terms of audience making the leap to that. We sort of saw it as our RuPaul’s Drag Race for the holidays, and there was a lot of love for it internally. But I think it might have just been too much of a leap too soon.”
In other words: it didn’t really find an audience.
The Dec. 17, 2015, episode, for example, had 209,000 viewers and a .09 rating among viewers 18 to 49—though that wasn’t too far off from the network’s show Billy on the Street, which aired later that night and had 275,000 viewers and a .13.
So there is not a second season planned. However, Linn told me: “Never say never. Who knows?”
You can also read my full review of the show.