Wednesday, April 01, 2009

FOX Says Osbournes Variety show was an early April Fools Day Joke

Ratings from the Programming Insider: But all was not well on Fox care of inane variety series The Osbournes: Reloaded, which kicked-off with a fourth-place 5.0 rating/8 share in the overnights at 9:30 p.m. Retention out of the 9:00 p.m. portion of lead-in American Idol (13.6/21) was only 37 percent. Keep in mind that at least 16 Fox affiliated stations refused to air the Osbourne special, and an additional 10 moved it out of prime-time and into the early hours of the morning. So, these initial results are approximate. And Fox's decision to a) not schedule the remaining five episodes of the six-episode series yet, and b) trim last night's debut from one-hour to barely 30 minutes means there is a possibility the remaining telecasts will never see the light of day.

All in all, I personally think The Osbournes: Reloaded is now the worst variety series in the history of television. Move over The Brady Bunch Hour, The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show, Turn-On and Pink Lady!

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