ABC has pulled new improv comedy series Trust Us With Your Life after two weeks on the air. The series was hosted by Fred Willard, and the move comes two weeks after his arrest for lewd contact. Insiders insist that the two incidents are not related. Indeed, unlike PBS, which fired Willard as the as the voice of Market Warriors right after the alleged incident, ABC kept Trust Us on the air last week as scheduled. Willard himself tweeted about that, “I was not fired from “TUWYL,” so B sure 2 watch,” he wrote last Tuesday. But the controversy didn’t translate to a ratings bump, with Trust Me tumbling 33% from its anemic premiere to a 0.6/2 in adults 18-49 and less than 2 million viewers to become ABC’s lowest-rated telecast of the summer. The network will replace the remaining episodes of Trust Me with Wipeout repeats.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Love In The Wild’ Finale & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Flat, ‘Trust Us With Your Life’ Falls
The Season 2 finale of NBC’s Love In The Wild (1.3/4) declared a winner last night, but the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show was flat with last week’s broadcast. Earlier on NBC, the two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.6/8) live quarterfinals also was flat week-over-week — despite a giant violin, a human cannonball and clogging. ABC’s Trust Us With Your Life had Jerry Springer at 9 PM (0.6/2) and Florence Henderson at 9:30 PM (0.6/2). Both episodes of the comedy improv biography series were down 33% from last week. The third episode of the eight-part docudrama series NY Med (1.1/3) followed at 10 PM, down 8% from last week. On Fox, it was another night of Gordon Ramsay as Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/9) melded the final six contestants into one team and MasterChef (2.6/7) had former contestants return. Both shows were up 4% from last week. Fox won the night in adults 18-49, with NBC tops in total viewers with 8.35 million watching.
RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Wins With MLB All-Star Game, ‘Trust Us With Your Life’ Debuts Down, ‘NY Med’ Opens Up
It’s summer all right and Fox scored with the boys of summer and the 2012 MLB All-Star Game (2.9/9) last night live from Kansas City. That fast national estimate is slightly down from last year’s final rating of 3.1, so expect it to change later in the day as final numbers come in. It wasn’t just the National League, with their trouncing of the American League, that cleaned up: The game pulled in 10 million total viewers, helping Fox win the night in viewers and the demo.