No Surprise, The One Blows!
Sorry George, but the reviews are in and the One just plain sucks. The ABC produced, CBC simulcasted Idol/Next Top Model/Big Brother mashup sucks so much that the National (which was actually bumped forward an hour) managed to get almost three times the number of viewers. The One just managed to pull 236,000 viewers compared to the National which pulled in a respectable 550,000+ viewers. Antonia Zerbisias goes on at length at the show’s shortcomings.
Even the CBC’s official blog tries really really hard to find nice things to say and surprise surprise Canadian Idol stomps all over the One, with CTV pointing out that their reality show outperformed the CBC by 424%.
We’re also wondering whether ABC and CBC have been planting people to counteract the brutally negative comments on the One’s bulletin board. Blatantly positive messages like this one asking viewers to check out the Hour. There is one possible saving grace, one viewer fell in love with a contestant’s hairstyle (she turned out be from the European version of the One), so perhaps ABC should remake the One into “America’s Next Top Hairstyle” or something similarly vapid. It might actually do something to save the CBC’s fall season, which the Canadian version of the One was supposed to anchor. Surprisingly, the show also proves something that we didn’t think we’d ever admit, good reality tv is actually very hard to do. Mark Burnett will you forgive us for all those mean things we’ve said?