After a string of episodes of On the Lot, which have garnered poor ratings, Fox has decided to address the declining series. But instead of abruptly pulling the plug on the reality program, which premiered on May 22, 2007, Fox has decided to reduce its airtime to one episode per week.

Originally, Fox has intended for On the Lot to broadcast weekly, comprising of a 1-hour episode where movies are screened followed by a half-hour results show the next day, just like American Idol’s format. However, the network has now announced that On the Lot will just air one hour-long weekly episode beginning June 5, Tuesday at 8 pm ET/PT.

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On the Lot
’s debut episode, which featured the 50 semifinalists, obtained an average of 7.6 million total viewers with a 3.6 rating in the adult 18-49 demographic. The second episode, which aired two nights later, earned an average of 5.2 million total viewers with a 2.1 rating among the adult 18-49 demographic.

To add gravity, On the Lot’s most recent episode, which aired on Monday, May 28, acquired an average of less than three million and has even finished fifth behind ABC, CBS, NBC and Univision in its Monday niche. Despite better results on Tuesday night’s results show episode, the network has settled on cutting down its airtime, replacing its Monday night slot with a more promising crowd-puller.

Tonight, June 4, On the Lot will be replaced by an encore of House’s season finale, while an encore of Hell’s Kitchen third-season premiere will be broadcast on the following Monday, June 11. The following Mondays (June 18, June 25 and July 2) will feature a mix of repeats of The Simpsons, American Dad and Family Guy.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: RealityTV World

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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV