How Will 'Nashville's' Poor Ratings Impact 'American Band'?
How Will 'Nashville's' Poor Ratings Impact 'American Band'?
Nashville, FOX's new docu-soap from the people who brought you Laguna Beach and The Hills, debuted last Friday with horrendous ratings.  The show flopped worse than anyone could have imagined, finishing last among network shows, three of which were re-runs.  That's not a good way to start your series.  FOX was looking to make Nashville a staple of its Friday night line-up and solidify the night as a viable ratings success in anticipation of The Next Great American Band's debut in late October.  Now that Nashville has thus far been a failure, how will that impact the future of American Band?

American Band is American Idol with bands, brought to you by the American Idol team.  The pedigree for American Band is such that FOX has to be expecting a success.  However, there are a few very ponderous issues revolving around FOX's handling of American Band.  First, if FOX really was expecting success from the show, why relegate it to Fridays, historically the worst television night of the week?  Sure, TV shows can do fine on Fridays, but the upside is always much lower than any other day of the week. 

Second, FOX has utilized its network's successes wonderfully as lead-ins for their new shows.  American Idol, for instance, was integral to the introduction of shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader to American audiences.  If FOX knew all along that they wanted to pair Nashville and American Band together on Friday nights, why would they debut the one with lesser pedigree and seemingly lesser possibility of success one month prior to unleashing American Band?  Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to debut American Band with a ton of hype and then lead that presumed success into Nashville.

When American Band debuts next month, it will act as the lead-in for Nashville...if it hasn't been canceled yet.  FOX has a notoriously itchy trigger finger when it comes to series cancellations and if Nashville's ratings remain in the cellar, there's absolutely no way it lasts a month.  Maybe FOX knows something we don't and this will all eventually make sense, because right now, I'm just plain baffled. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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