FOX is consciously uncoupling with its new reality show. Mark Burnett’s Coupled TV show on FOX has been cancelled after its first season, Deadline reports. Participants on Coupled, season one, included: Terecia Baker, Ashley Reitz, Lisa Rotondi, Michelle Tam, and Lindsey Tuer.
Terrence Jenkins hosted the Caribbean-set dating series, which followed 12 single, young, professional women on their quest for love. Coupled‘s two-part season one and TV series finale aired Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and only earned a 0.40 in the 18-49 year old viewer ratings demographic. Overall, the first season averaged 0.45 in the demo and drew an average total audience of 1.274 million viewers.
In Coupled, the female participants had first choice to decide if they felt a spark of chemistry and wanted to spend more time with a man. If not, they waited for the next one to come along — much like a bus. Once they coupled up, the new love-matches had to ascertain whether or not they were compatible enough to form lasting relationships.
All of the women and men had cell phones and were allowed to text during episodes. Their text conversations appeared on screen, giving viewers a look at the real drama.
Here is more, from Deadline:
“It’s hard to say exactly what didn’t work,” Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden said at TCA today. “It’s a fragile situation when they do work. Mark delivered a beautiful-looking show, that didn’t resonate with our viewers.”[…]
“It probably felt a little bit too close to other reality shows being done well right now,” Walden said. “There wasn’t any need to do another relationship show on an island.”
What do you think? Did you watch the first season of the Coupled TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season on FOX? Tell us!