FOX had high hopes for their Utopia reality series but the ratings were anything but perfection. The network has now cancelled the show after less than two months on the air — 10 months short of the network’s social experiment plan.
Utopia follows a group of regular people who are relocated to a remote area and given limited resources. They must figure out how to survive and create their own society. Those who are dispensable can be voted out and replaced with newcomers.
The series started out airing twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday nights. Utopia had a decent debut thanks to a special post-football debut on Sunday, September 7th. The ratings dropped about 50% a couple days later with its first Tuesday night. The Friday airing did even worse.
After a handful of showings, FOX dropped the Tuesday episodes and now they’ve dropped the dismally-rated Friday ones as well. The live-streaming feed will be shut down today and the participants — who committed to spending a year in this social experiment — will be sent home.
Utopia’s Friday night timeslot will be filled with repeats of MasterChef Junior starting this week. Season two of the young cooking competition launches a new season this Tuesday — filling Utopia’s former timeslot.
What do you think? Did you like Utopia? Why didn’t it catch on? What should have been changed?