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Entire Lifetime network nearly canceled over poor ratings of Bristol Palin show
7/7/2012 8:06 PM Matt Rock
The Lifetime Network – not a show on the network, but the whole network itself – managed to narrowly avoid being canceled this weekend, after board members at A+E Networks, which owns Lifetime and is in turn owned by Hearst Corporation, Disney, and NBC Universal, held a vote on whether they should keep Lifetime on the air or not. Board members noted that the ratings for Bristol Palin's reality show, “Life's a Tripp,” were so terrible that canceling the whole network was really the only sensible thing to do.
“We very narrowly avoided the ax here. It isn't often that a whole TV network gets canceled because of one crappy show,” said Lifetime's President and General Manager, Nancy Dubuc. “Her show is just that awful. Everyone at Lifetime that approved the show has been lined up against a wall and done away with, and everyone that knew about it and didn't speak up was set on fire, but they'll survive. I'm not sure how much else we can do to convince the brass that we won't make this terrible mistake again.”
Polls conducted of the show's viewership are rather alarming. 87% of those who tuned in to see even a few seconds of any episode of the program changed the channel. Of those that continued watching for the first half of an episode, nearly 80% hit themselves in their faces with hammers, while 94% of those that kept watching through the very end of an episode attempted to drop their television sets into their bathtubs.
The board voted to keep Lifetime on the air, but noted that should Lifetime sign Palin's show for a second season, they will cancel the show. Never before has an entire network been canceled over the lackluster performance of one television show. MTV was nearly canceled in the late 1990's, after network executives realized they had stopped playing music videos. NBC has been nearly canceled dozens of times, mostly because they have a lengthy track record of putting on the worst shows in television. However, NBC makes “The Office” and “30 Rock,” which bails them out nearly every time. - Return to Previous Page
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