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Buried Treasure: New FOX Reality Show; Cancel or Keep It?

Buried Treasure cancel or keepLast week, the FOX network debuted a new reality TV series called Buried Treasure. Will this one be a goldmine for the network like American Idol or dead weight that will be quickly cancelled?

Buried Treasure follows twin brothers and appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno as they visit people’s homes. Appearing as appraisers on the PBS series Antique Roadshow, the “treasure hunters” help people discover that some of the items in their homes may be worth a lot more than they know. For example, the old cabinet that was your grandmother’s might be worth enough to wipe out your credit card debt or pay for your kid’s college education. Viewers also get to see how these discoveries affect the owner’s lives.

The TV show debuted last Wednesday to a very disappointing 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and just 3.67 million viewers. It ranked fourth in its timeslot, well behind CBS’ Big Brother, NBC’s Minute to Win It, and a repeat of ABC’s The Middle. Buried Treasure is currently the lowest-rated FOX series of the summer schedule.

By running Buried Treasure in the middle of summer, FOX obviously doesn’t have a lot of faith in the show and, based on the ratings, it doesn’t look like they were off base. Still, they aren’t pulling the series and are instead adding encores to the schedule for added exposure. This Wednesday’s original installment will be followed by a repeat of the premiere. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to help.

Coming from ITV Studios, only four episodes of Buried Treasure have been produced. It seems likely that FOX will air them all but there’s simply no reason for the network to order any more.

But, what do you think? Is Buried Treasure worth watching? Would you renew it for another season or should it be quickly cancelled instead?


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{ 114 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Show was great…Give it more publicity…didn’t give the show much of a chance…


Kim February 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This is a great show. Most reality shows are so stupid! The problem with this one is there was very little publicity. I just happened to stumble on it and no one I talked to even knew it existed. Most of us viewers are tired of all the junk on TV and this is a refreshing , inspirational show the whole family can watch. Give it more publicity and you’ll have a winner!


james January 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Really liked the show! The brothers are great and so are the stories. Hope to see it again soon!


Ruth January 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

PLEASE bring this show back!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it.


Janna THompson January 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

LOve the show! Please keep it!!!!!!!!!!!!


Carmen December 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

I love the show very much and is very educational, please bring it back!!!!!!!!


Sheila L. December 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

We love this show. It is hard to find good shows these days. We love antiques and seeing what things are really worth. Hope it comes back!


Rgcool November 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Great show! wow only 3.67Million? yeah toss it out the window! lol, I wonder if it bothers fox to let down that 3.67 Million by cancelling a fantastic show like this? sad to see it end :(


Tommi November 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I ;love this show!!!

Excellent show, holds my interest, informative, inspirational. I am now interested in antiquing due to the Keno brothers’ show. Will be looking for new shows.
Please bring this show back.
The Keno brothers are fun to watch.


Vikki November 21, 2011 at 9:05 am

Loved the show. Learned so much from these brothers. Very fun to watch.

Yes, bring it back.


L.K. AveryL November 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

Re show on Vermont Horse Farmers: Google Tylord Farms..don’t take my word for it..why did they go to so much trouble to alter view of the property? Why didn’t they say the barn burned and WAS REPLACED over five years ago? Why did they present the owners of this 545 acre multiple homes and barns site as poor Vermont paupers? How can we believe anything we see here?


Teresa G November 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

Loved the show and want more!!!!!!


Monica Short November 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Please continue this show in season 2!!!! Excellent show , holds our interest, informative, inspirational. I am now interested in antiquing due to the Keno brothers’ show. Will be looking for it to happen!


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Scott November 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I love this show! Hope it comes back on soon…


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