“H8R” won’t be defending any more demi-celebrities from Internet snark this season. Sorry, Levi Johnston and Janice Dickinson.
The CW on Thursday (Oct. 6) pulled its new unscripted series (or “hit reality show,” if you were to believe the network’s own promos) after four episodes. Ratings for “H8R” were dismal — it was the least-watched show of the young season among any of the five English-language broadcast networks.
Apparently people weren’t all that interested in watching a show in which celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jake Pavelka and Snooki bravely stand up to heretofore anonymous everyday people who said mean things about them on the Internet. Now that the show is gone, they’ll just have to settle for being on other TV shows and in the media all the time.
Through four episodes, “H8R” was averaging a paltry 1.2 million viewers per week and a 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic. It wasn’t drawing any better among The CW’s core audience of adults 18-34.
Encores of new drama “Ringer” will take over the 8 p.m. ET Wednesday timeslot beginning Oct. 12. There’s a chance the remaining episodes of “H8R” could see the light of day next summer, but no concrete plans are in place. (Johnston and Dickinson, incidentally, had been scheduled to appear in next week’s episode.)
“H8R” is the third new series this season to get the ax, following a pair of NBC series, “The Playboy Club” and “Free Agents.”
We hold out hope that The CW will pick up one of the other shows with “8” in the title that we suggested over the summer.