Two months after its launch, FOX’s major reality series experiment “Utopia” is over. Effective immediately, the network has pulled the plug on the struggling unscripted series and has terminated the show’s live-streaming feeds.
Show participants, who had committed to spending up to a year away from their normal lives, will be notified and sent home.
The show launched to decent numbers in its first outing but quickly dropped. Stuck in a Friday death slot, even by those standards it underwhelmed with this past week’s Halloween episode scoring a 0.5 rating and just 1.56 million viewers.
Not helping was that the show got no real press or social media response, something critical for successful reality series. The genre itself has seen a significant decline in recent years as the rise of DVR and VOD usage has led to a surge in scripted dramas (especially serialised ones) with high production values.
FOX will air “MasterChef Junior” repeats in the hour “Utopia” was previously in starting this week.