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Expedition Impossible: ABC Worldwide Competition; Cancel or Keep It?

Expedition Impossible cancel or keep?ABC recently unveiled a new reality competition series called Expedition Impossible. From Mark Burnett, the force behind Survivor and The Apprentice, the TV show bears more than a passing resemblance to CBS’ long-running The Amazing Race. Will this new series be as successful or will it be quickly cancelled instead?

Hosted by zoologist Dave Salmoni, Expedition Impossible follows 13 teams of three people racing through the great outdoors — across barren deserts and over snow-covered mountains. Each week, a new part of the expedition is revealed to the contestants and at least one team is eliminated from the competition. The winning trio of adventurers receives $50,000 each in prize money and a new Ford Explorer.

The TV series debuted on June 23rd to a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.18 million viewers, airing opposite all repeats. That was a healthy premiere and Expedition Impossible was first in the timeslot for the demo and second in total viewership, behind CSI.

A week later, the demo numbers fell 25% to a 1.8 in the demo and 6.16 million viewers. The following episodes’ ratings kept dropping week after week with occasional upward spikes. On August 11th, Expedition Impossible hit a low of a 1.1 demo rating and just 3.83 million viewers.

So far this season, it’s averaging a 1.6 in the demo and 5.19 million viewers. With the exception of Friday night’s Karaoke Battle USA, Expedition Impossible has the worst ratings average of any reality competition series currently on the network. It had a solid start but the overall decline has been serious.

ABC could choose to bring this show back for season two but, quite honestly, they have other summer options that perform better.

But, what do you think? Does Expedition Impossible deserve to be renewed for season two or should it be cancelled instead?

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Anonymous August 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I love this show I even bought it on iTunes!! This is way better than amazing race, way better and clever challenges, awesome locations awesome host dave salmoni. Please bring it back and advertise it better because it’s hands down better than amazing race!


Anonymous July 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I loved this show so much so that I keep checking to see when a new season will start. We need positive reality shows like Expedition Impossible!!! Please give it another chance.


Anonymous July 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I really enjoyed the show. Bring it back…give it another chance.


Jason Williams April 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

I promise to watch every episode and send in a tryout video if this excellent show would have a second season!


Anonymous February 2, 2014 at 3:24 am

Bring it back!! It was the best show on TV!!!


Trudy January 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

I have been waiting for this show to come back. I LOVED it!! I tell everyone how good it is. Maybe more advertising will bring more viewers. This was so good and exciting.


Lynne July 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

I was looking for a new season of Expedition Impossible. It would be so disappointing
not to have more shows. It was well done and the teams were excellent. I don’t think ratings are accurate because I watched it in England! Maybe other viewers saw it online??


Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Bring it back!!!!!


Anonymous July 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Bring it back but in the winter!!!!!!!!!


Judith La Flair June 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Loved this show. Best reality show ever .My son and I have been hoping for another season. We would love to audition and participate in another amazing adventure.
Please bring it back


Tami April 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This was one of the best reality tv shows i have seen in a long time. Understand why it didnt’ come on last summer with the Olympics, but LOVED the show! Bring it back!


Allie February 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

YES PLEASE COME BACK FOR SEASON TWO!!! I’m dying to watch more!!


The Best Reality TV Show Ever January 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This was a great show! I loved the challenges; watching folks overcome fears and try things they have never dreamed of doing. I hope this show is renewed!


Ron Hoerner December 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I loved this show. Been waiting for it to come back on


Chels December 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

We keep checking for a new season of this. My family really enjoyed it. Please bring it back.


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