Downfall: ABC Pulling Game Show Early? Cancelled?

DownfallThough there are only six episodes, ABC has decided to pull freshman game show Downfall one week early.

Hosted by Chris Jericho, Downfall hasn’t been performing well in the ratings and continues to ire some viewers. Though viewers are reminded that the prizes being smashed are replicas, many still view the practice distasteful in a struggling economy and for environmental reasons. ABC is owned by Disney, a corporation that’s been touting a “go green” initiative.

The episode of Downfall that will air on July 20th has been deemed the “season finale.” The following week’s episode will be replaced by the first half of a two-hour edition of Wipeout, called “Wipeout Blind Date.” Beginning August 3rd, the timeslot will be filled by the returning Shaq Vs. reality series.

No word on when or if the remaining episode of Downfall will air. A second season is looking doubtful since the ratings for the show have been poor.

UPDATE: Though ABC ordered six episodes and had them all on their schedule for weeks, an ABC representative has confirmed that only five were actually produced. There is no sixth episode. Jericho tweeted that, because of the pace of the show and editing, they only ended up having enough contestants for five installments.

In addition, the host says that they plan to film additional episodes in the fall. However, ABC hasn’t announced that they’ve renewed the show or have ordered any episodes beyond the initial six. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

What do you think? Does the smashing of prize replicas bother you? Should the show return for season two? Do you think it will?

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  1. jarrod says

    This show is awesome and Chris does a great job of hpsting it, the theory of it is great and it’s alot of fun to watch

  2. Gina says

    I loved Downfall! Chris was a lot of fun and my friends and I looked forward to each week. He’d tweeted that they were going to be filming new episodes, so I’ve waited – somewhat impatiently – for it’s return. . . WHAT HAPPENED???? PLEASE bring back Downfall! True, people were complaining about “destroying those prizes in this economy”, but they point out several times during the show that they are replica prizes. And didn’t they think about the people who are earning money making the replicas? It was a fun show – not another bs reality series. Please bring it back, or at least find another vehicle for Chris – he was entertaining!

  3. andrea says

    I agree with Jennifer who left a comment Sept. 7th I always looked foward to tuesday nights but not any more. One of my favorites tv game shows taken off the air why it was a great show ? I would love to see it back for season two.PLEASE!!

  4. Alexander Hubbard says

    I thought it was a good show it helped me to look back at the questions that were given and it was vcool it had me and my wife thinking hard to get the answers like we were the onces to get the money or prizes. the part about how the prizes would drop was cool it motivated the people to really think about the answers to get the prize. the fact is that a lot of people liked the show and even though it didn’t make the ratings its a good show i think that you guys should put it back on air it was so great and i miss watching it. I loved the show vrery much and chris jerico is thew greates.

  5. gina says

    ok so they show smashed prizes thats the little picture the big picture is shows like that help people fulfill dreams by the cash they win so whats more important the big picture or the little picture. It was a good show and i wanted to go on it.

  6. shwarmsmith mcdorndill says

    this show was a huge failure. such a dumb concept and so insanely boring to watch. maybe i’d enjoy it if they tossed off some real cars off of the building?? but i’m not sure if it would have been worth it since i’d have to sit through some idiots trying to guess ridiculous crap as their patio furniture is about to fall off the building. oh the suspense.

    insanely boring and ridiculous premise sure to please only the simplest minds

  7. Linda Lehman says

    I actually loved the show “Downfall”. I haven’t seen it for a couple of weeks and I just googled the show to see what happened. I am very disappointed that it might not be back in the fall. I really looked forward to watching it.

  8. Jennifer says

    I LOVED DOWNFALL!! I coulndn’t get enough!! and now that im looking for it again its gone WTF HAS THIS WORLD BEEN UP TO!?!?!?! You can put on **** about afghan and blood and sh&T on horror movies but when it comes to “Replica’s” they take it off air give me abreak. I WANT IT BACK! WHOS WITH ME!

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