Ratings: Utopia Plunges, Talent Ticks Up, Big Brother Tops Tuesday

Utopia Ratings

In Part 2 of its three-night launch event — and in its (theoretically) regular time slot debut — Fox’s Utopia delivered less-than-idyllic numbers: 2.5 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, plunging 46 and 55 percent from its Sunday premiere.

Leading out of that, Hotel Hell‘s season finale did 2.4 mil and a 0.9.

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CBS’ relocated Big Brother Power of Veto episode drew 6.8 mil and a 2.3, matching last week’s comparable Wednesday outing and easily topping Tuesday in the demo. The largely unwatchable Fashion Rocks special only retained 2.3 mil/0.6, and got bested by a Shark Tank rerun (3.4 mil/0.8) in the 10 o’clock hour.

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Over on NBC, the Food Fighters finale (4.4 mil/1.0) dipped a tenth in the demo, while America’s Got Talent (9.8 mil/1.9) rose a tenth.

ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss finale (4 mil/1.1) was up 27 percent and two tenths.

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44 Comments
  1. Stacey says:

    They might need to bring back Glee early. And upgrade the final season to a full season. Given they envisioned a year for Utopia. This is a very costly disaster. They would make more money out of Glee LOL! FOX really is not starting well. Hopefully their scripted fare will be better this year!

    • ChicagoDan says:

      That’s not going to happen. Glee already had order reduced because it was pulling similar ratings to Utopia. Suddenly, XFactor isn’t looking so bad and Almost Human is looking great! (That show deserved a second season.) FOX is in major trouble.

      • Ray says:

        Could the death of reality TV be nigh?

      • Stacey says:

        I know it won’t happen. But if on night two, Utopia is scoring this bad! Glee could possibly do slightly better. And they would make money from the music sold on ITunes or episodes sold. This is a vastly costly disaster. They aren’t going to suddenly reschedule Glee I know that, but they might think about it. Bring Glee (which they will have many taped) and bring it back in November, and add a number to the episode order. Glee only started to tape, so they could possibly come back if FOX was in dire place. But then they would better off doubly BONES or something else. But who knows Gotham might hit it big. Or something else. But this is a very costly disaster if they are scoring only a .9 on night two! They can’t keep airing it if they don’t start to see a uptick in ratings. It’s taking two many timeslots and will drag FOX down!

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        And UTOPIA isn’t even up against NCIS and THE VOICE yet.

      • Delante says:

        Cancelling Almost Human was their stupidest mistake!

    • David4 says:

      Glee cost 10 times as much as Utopia and gets the same ratings. So why would they do that?

      • Stacey says:

        It makes more money out of the music and episode sales on Itunes. I agree ratings were BAD last year. But I am sure Glee would be seen as better than this disaster. Especially if it couldn’t hold on night two! But they aren’t going to bring Glee back early, but maybe they should!

      • ggny says:

        You cant compare a show that ran for 5 years made Fox a TON of money and a tv show that just got put on the air and failed big time. Seriously just plain dumb to compare something that help Fox alot and Utopia

      • Moment says:

        Quite a lot of websites are saying the show cost Fox $50 million, so I doubt Glee costs 10 times that amount lol.

      • anna says:

        and to add to what everyone else has said, glee sells really well abroad, I doubt utopia will interest other countries like glee has

    • L says:

      I dont think the show costs them very much, the production values are very low.. so its not a “costly disaster.”

  2. David4 says:

    Fox should have kept Almost Human as filler. I feel networks get a little cancel crazy and should hold onto a bubble show in case the new stuff fails. Same thing with ABC and Body of Proof, got better ratings than anything that replaced it.

    • liz says:

      I find ABC does a fairly decent job with renewing bubble shows, at least better than other networks. When they cancel a show, it seems to be at least a logical choice.

    • Moment says:

      Almost Human also pulled better live ratings than The Following, and was marginally below Bones Season 9. The show likely would have pulled the same ratings if renewed for another season too. Fox must be feeling foolish by now, all that money wasted when it could have gone on this.

      • David4 says:

        Rumour was that the old boss at Fox wanted a season 2 and the new one told them no. What a huge mistake. You have a cop show, which everyone on networks like, that has a movie star in it. Even if only for 13 episodes it would be better than nothing.

        ABC did the same thing with Body of Proof, they realized their mistake and talked about bringing it back, but the lead pretty much told them “Not a chance”.

        • Moment says:

          I heard that Fox did approach Warner Bros with a view to renewing Almost Human but they couldn’t agree on a fee for it. When you consider how bad things are for Fox at the moment, they should have given WB what they wanted.

  3. ggny says:

    cya Utopia.

  4. Brandy says:

    If a group of people make their own society in the wilderness but nobody sees or hears it, did it really happen?

  5. JG says:

    And Utopia will continue to dive in the ratings. Bad move by FOX. The XFactor doesn’t look so bad now.

  6. Yoki says:

    Utopia is awful. The characters are all unbearable. Cast members are leaving left and right. Four in total. It’s awful.

  7. ggny says:

    Seriously Utopia is a bigger failure that that Kids show on CBS a few years back about building a society

  8. wrstlgirl says:

    Utopia is really bad. I mean, really really bad.

  9. Et al says:

    I’m rooting for Utopia to succeed mostly because I don’t want those people released back into our society.

  10. liz says:

    This *was* a better idea than renewing Almost Human. Look at those numbers! Look at the demo. It’s a runaway hit with critical acclaim!

  11. Moment says:

    One of the biggest problems with the show is that they gave the contestants far too much to start with. For a truly realistic experience they should have started with the bare existentials and the tools to build their own shelters and what not. Put a few survivalists in there too. It would have made a fantastic show, much better than what they have now anyway.

    • dV says:

      But Fox didn’t want an intelligent show about building a society. They wanted dumb idiots to be gross and moronic on tv and thought people would flock to see the train wreck. So happy they aren’t.

      • Moment says:

        I agree, it’s a shame though. It could have been quite special if they got people with the right skill sets and attitudes. Drama will still happen, people can’t always agree on everything. Just seeing something progress weekly would be quite special, like wooden cabins popping up, agriculture, water related stuff, the works.

  12. Dj says:

    I’ll give Utopia 4 more weeks before they get pulled. Once NCIS and the other new shows start they won’t even be able to pull 2 million viewers.

  13. BrittBrat says:

    I knew when they announced Utopia that it would be an epic fail!!!!!!!! Then when they said it would last a year, I knew Fox was crazy.

  14. Jared says:

    So can we declare Utopia the first bomb of the new season?

  15. Drewer says:

    If anything I feel like this is good for “Mulany,” maybe that show will have a chance to find its footing now if fox suddenly finds itself with two more hours of programming to schedule and few things in the hold. But seriously who at Fox thought anyone would actually want to watch this, and how bad must that Egypt in ancient times pilot must have been for this to make it too air. At this point Fox is going to need to force Gordon Ramsey and co. to put on Master Chef: Teens and Tweens b/c none of their other reality stuff is working. And as much as I wish this stupid show hadn’t existed in the first place I think debuting it in the summer was a bit of a mistake. Like I knew all about this show coming but had no idea it was premiering, (although with such a steep drop off, it probably didn’t matter.

  16. danoregon says:

    As soon as people started bitching to each each other I was out – first commercial break no less. This show could have really benefitted from a totally random draw out of say 100. Hell, if I was playing I would have quit as soon as that guy started raising the fuss about his stuff.

  17. Name That Tune says:

    Message to Fox:

    You got any Gordon Ramsay shows in the vault?

    Time to bring back Kitchen Nightmares.

  18. Alexandra says:

    They could give Mindy Project more episodes to fill the void when this inevitably gets cancelled.