FOX Fall Season Off to Rocky Start with Disappointing 'Nashville'
FOX Fall Season Off to Rocky Start with Disappointing 'Nashville'
FOX's 2007 fall season is off to a rocky and disappointing start.  The network's new reality docu-soap, Nashville, debuted last Friday to dismal and discouraging ratings.  Nashville is FOX's first new program for the season.

Nielsen Media Research determined that Nashville came in dead last in its 9pm time slot.  The show finished behind five other programs including three reruns.

Managing an average of just 2.72 million viewers, Nashville lagged way behind a two-hour repeat of ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos (AFHV) which reeled in over twice as many numbers at 5.6 million viewers.  Following AFHV was The CW's Friday Night Smackdown with 4.31 million, and two other reruns, of NBC's Las Vegas with 3.86 million and CBS' Jericho with 3.17 million.

Nashville failed to benefit from its lead-in, the cerebrally challenging game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader The popular quiz show finished second overall in viewership with 5.04 million.

Nashville's numbers also declined steadily during its broadcast, with audiences tuning out between the show's first and second half hour blocks.  The latest offering from the people behind Laguna Beach and its spin-off, The Hills, began the night with roughly 2.93 million viewers.  An estimated 430,000 of those were lost, dipping the count to 2.5 million before Nashville's premiere showing was through.

Nashville's maiden broadcast average of 2.72 million viewers is a staggering 1 million less than The Hills' debut count on MTV last week.  This should be quite a letdown for Fox Entertainment chairman, Peter Liguori, who had expressed much optimism for Nashville in May.

"You know, there's kind of a lot of older female shows on Friday nights, and we feel that there's a big opportunity to go a bit younger, provide some alternative choices, and do it with some real heart," Liguori said of the predominantly youth-oriented Nashville during FOX's unveiling of its fall 2007 lineup.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: E! Online, Reality TV World
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