The TV Shows With the Lowest Ratings in 2016
Though 2016 has been a solid year for television so far, not every broadcast entry has been a winner. Several shows — both scripted and reality — have struggled to attract an audience, earning both bad reviews and highly disappointing ratings in their latest seasons. Below, check out 11 of the lowest-rated TV shows that have aired this year so far. Note: This list includes comedies and dramas from the four major broadcast networks only.
1. Houdini & Doyle
The 10-episode Fox drama, starring Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan, chronicles the story of magician Harry Houdini and writer Arthur Conan Doyle as they help the New Scotland Yard investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. The series, which also aired on ITV in the U.K. and Global in Canada, earned mixed reviews upon its debut in May and even more disappointing ratings. The show started off slow (with a 0.7 score in the key 18-49 demographic and 2.5 million viewers) and only continued to dip from there. As of now, it’s unclear whether the series will earn a renewal or not.
2. Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon
NBC‘s reality show, hosted by Nick Cannon, tells stories that are captured on cell phones, dash cams, security cams, and by news crews from around the world. The show aired its second season earlier this year (with the finale airing in May), but didn’t manage to attract many viewers during the 13-episode run. The entire season only earned an average of 3.4 million total viewers and a low 0.7 rating in the key demographic. Despite the weak ratings in Season 2, NBC has renewed the series for a third season.
Fox attempted to launch another Family Guy-like hit with this adult animated sitcom, which follows two families living in a Southwest desert town on the United States–Mexico border. Unfortunately for the network, the comedy’s ratings matched its negative reviews. The show earned an average of 1.7 million viewers and a 0.7 demo score in its freshman season. Unsurprisingly, the network ended up axing the series after only one season.
4. American Grit
Fox’s reality competition series follows 16 of the country’s fiercest men and women as they are tested in Pack Forest of Eatonville, Washington. Despite featuring WWE superstar John Cena as its host, the show earned hugely disappointing ratings. The freshman season garnered an average of 1.9 million viewers and a 0.65 in the 18-49 demographic. Despite its largely low rating, the series did see a slight uptick in its last couple of episodes, drawing 2.11 million viewers for its two-part finale. Whether that’ll be enough to buy it another season remains to be seen, as Fox has not yet made a decision about its renewal.
5. My Diet Is Better Than Yours
ABC‘s weight loss series, which follows five contestants as they pick a trainer and a type of diet that they believe are the most suitable for them, hasn’t been a big ratings earner. Since its January premiere, the eight-episode freshman season has only garnered an average of 1.9 million viewers and 0.65 in the 18-49 demographic score. It’s unclear whether the reality competition will return for a second season.
Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece hosts the 10-episode NBC series, in which contestants embark on a transformative journey in order to reach their full potential. The 10-episode freshman season, which aired from April to early June, earned underwhelming ratings, with an average 0.74 demo score and 2.8 million viewers. NBC has not yet announced whether the series will be renewed or not.
Considering the lackluster ratings of its freshman season, many were taken aback when ABC’s musical comedy series earned a second season. Unfortunately for the network, Season 2 didn’t do much to change the pattern. The 10-episode sophomore season earned an average of 2.4 million viewers and a 0.63 score in the key demographic. After once again garnering low ratings, the show was officially canceled in May, with ABC opting not to renew it for a third season.
8. You, Me and the Apocalypse
The British comedy drama follows a group of ordinary people who learn that an eight mile wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, so they hunker down beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television. The series, which initially debuted on the U.K.’s Sky 1, premiered on NBC in January. Though it garnered fairly positive reviews, the series simply wasn’t able to draw much of an audience during its on-air run. The freshman season earned an average of 2.9 million viewers and a 0.68 in the key demographic score. You, Me and the Apocalypse has since been canceled.
9. Game of Silence
NBC’s crime drama, based on the Turkish series Suskunlar, earned negative reviews in its April debut and equally bad ratings. Its freshman season averaged a 0.71 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.3 million viewers. Given its disappointing performance, it’s no surprise that NBC ultimately opted to ax the series. The network canceled the show only a handful of episodes into the season.
ABC’s new Hayley Atwell starrer earned one of the lowest-rated premieres of the fall season and it only continued to dip in the following weeks. The drama earned a low average of 4.1 million viewers and 0.7 score in the 18-49 demographic. Given those disappointing numbers, it’s no surprise that the network has opted against ordering more episodes of the freshman series.
CBS’s veteran procedural is struggling with viewership this year. The series is currently the network’s lowest-rated show, only pulling in a season average of 5.7 million viewers and a 0.9 score in the key demographic. The drama will be up for syndication following the end of its current fifth season, so the network likely won’t have much motivation to bring it back if ratings don’t improve.
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