“Marry Me” and “Selfie” Fall Again

marry meWeek four of Marry Me took an ugly turn without the help of a new episode of The Voice as a lead in.  Last nights episode brought in a series-low 4.98 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49, down two tenths week-to-week.  Retention from a recap show of The Voice was 53% among total viewers and 59% in the demo – yikes. This is clearly not what NBC had hoped for with Marry Me.  I would like to point out that NBC ran ads for a doomsday episode of Marry Me, in which it touted it as Tuesday Doomsday (or Doomsday Tuesday).  In either event, it appears NBC got its wish.  Any guesses as to what will takeover the timeslot next?

ABC aired two new episodes of Selfie last night, which leads me to believe the series is heading towards cancellation (but ABC denies that is the case).  The first episode, at 8 o’clock, notched 3.94 million viewers and 1.0 A18-49, with the second episode totaling 3.42 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49.  Both numbers are pretty terrible, so I expect ABC to air all 13 episodes and then call it quits (thankfully).

MC_Junior_LogoOn the season premiere side of things, FOX finally had some good news to report.  Masterchef Junior, which aired its first season on Friday nights, came to Tuesday with 5.69 million viewers and 1.8 A18-49.  Those numbers easily top what Utopia had been doing, and lifted the rest of the night too (New Girl – 1.6 / The Mindy Project – 1.3).  There was less competition than the typical Tuesday night, so expect some loses in the coming weeks.  If I had to make a prediction, Masterchef Junior will settle in at 1.4-1.6 A18-49.  Still, this is quite a promising second season start for the competition series.

The Flash, Forever, and NCIS: New Orleans were pre-empted last night.

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Gordon Ramsay Ends “Kitchen Nightmares” After Seven Seasons

KN_LOGO_2On his website earlier today, Gordon Ramsay announced his popular restaurant-reviving series, Kitchen Nightmares, is coming to after seven seasons.  The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, as Kitchen Nightmares was still performing okay for the network, but this appears to be a personal decision by the well-known chef.  The series has been on the air since September 2007 and consisted of 90 episodes in the United States.

Here is the announcement from Gordon Ramsay:

As filming comes to a close on the latest series of Kitchen Nightmares I’ve decided to stop making the show.

I’m currently filming 4 new episodes, Costa Del Nightmares, for Channel 4 which will be my last. I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people and sold to over 150 countries. It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.

Starting in 2004 this was the show that really propelled my TV career and I’m very grateful for the amazing team behind the series and for the support from the viewers for almost over a decade! From the first episode which aired in April 2004 with over 5 million viewers we’re now 12 seasons later and it’s been an amazing journey. In 2007 we took the show to America on Fox and they’ve just finished airing series 7 this summer. During this time I’ve visited over 100 restaurants, meeting and trying to help or in some cases failing to help, some of the most weird and wonderful people. Of course Amy’s Baking Company is a standout along with Bonaparte’s but there were good times too; the lovely sisters at La Galleria and Momma Cherri’s to name but two.

I’d like to thank you all for being so supportive. I’m glad I’ve been able to entertain and hopefully help a few people along the way. It’s sad to say goodbye to Kitchen Nightmares but I’ll be continuing with my other shows. It’s been memorable! Thank you for watching.

This isn’t good-bye for Ramsay, though, as he still has four other series on the network (Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, MasterChef, and MasterChef Junior). With the exception of Hotel Hell, all of Ramsay’s other series were given multiple season renewals late last year.