Hole In the Wall: FOX Pulls Ailing Game Show

Hole In the WallAfter weeks of declining ratings, the FOX network has decided to pull its wacky reality game show, Hole In the Wall.

Based on a Japanese game show, Hole In the Wall contestants must contort their bodies to match weird and wacky cut-out shapes in a barrier wall that’s speeding their way. If they aren’t able to fit through the shapes, they’re swept into the pool below. The winning team takes home $25,000 and gets a chance to increase their winnings to $100,000.

FOX had initially planned to air The Moment of Truth for the Fall season but decided to delay it until midseason and debut Wall instead.

The network gave viewers half-hour “sneak previews” of the show on September 7th and 9th. The first episode attracted a respectable Sunday night audience of seven million and a 3.6/11 rating /share in the 18-34 demographic. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s sample episode drew only 5.1 million; 25% lower than its debut and a loss of four million viewers from its Fringe lead-in.

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Subsequent hour-long episodes began airing on Thursdays beginning on September 11. They dropped to a low of 3.54 million viewers. Wall seemed to be doing pretty well while its major Thursday night competitors were in repeats but once new episodes of the heavy-hitters began airing, the viewers kept disappearing.

The network has now decided to replace future Wall with repeats of Kitchen Nightmares. Chef Gordon Ramsay’s series will air in two-hour blocks for the foreseeable future. Nightmares has been outperforming Wall and was recently renewed for a third season which will begin airing in 2009.

FOX initially ordered 13 hour-long episodes of Wall and they were later cut into 26 half-hours. Ten half-hour episodes have aired thus far, leaving 16 on the shelf. It’s unclear if or when Wall will return to primetime. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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