From bad to worst for ABC's 'The One'
Second airing of 'Idol' wannabe sinks deeper
By Toni Fitzgerald
Jul 20, 2006
Expect “The One” to be getting the boot any second now.
One night after posting ABC’s worst-ever series debut, "The One: Making a Music Star" sank even lower in its second outing, from a 1.1 to a 1.0 adults 18-49 overnight rating in its 10 p.m. timeslot. What’s worse, a rerun of the show’s two-hour Tuesday premiere averaged a startlingly low 0.6 from 8 to 10 p.m., tying with UPN for sixth in the timeslot.
It may end up the lowest-rated night in ABC’s history among 18-49s. The network managed just a 0.7 for the evening, tying the WB for fifth place and giving ABC its worst night of the year. It finished behind Univision every hour of the night, and earned just one-third of the Spanish-language broadcaster’s average at 8 p.m.
The 10 p.m. results episode of the show, in which the wannabe singers began to be eliminated, averaged a mere 2.6 million total viewers, 600,000 fewer than the previous night.
It’s hard to imagine ABC, which already yanked “How to Get the Guy” because of low ratings, letting this stinker remain on the air much longer.
The show is an “American Idol” ripoff that follows the contestants off stage and into their personal lives as they reside and train together while competing for a recording contract. The network promoted the show well, and other singing competitions, such as CBS’s “Rock Star: Supernova” and Univision’s “Cantando Por un Sueno,” have performed decently this summer. But viewers simply weren’t interested in bringing a “Real World” element to a simple singing competition.
Meanwhile, Fox led for the night among 18-49s with a 3.5 rating and 11 share, ahead of NBC at 2.8/9, CBS at 2.3/7, Univision at 1.6/5, ABC and the WB both at 0.7/2, and UPN at 0.6/2.
At 8 p.m., Fox led at 3.2 for the first hour of "So You Think You Can Dance," followed by NBC's 2.5 for "America's Got Talent," CBS's 2.2 for "Rock Star: Supernova," Univision's 1.9 for "La Fea Mas Bella," WB's new and repeat "Blue Collar TV" at 0.9, and ABC and UPN each at 0.6 for the first hour of "One’s" rerun and an "America's Next Top Model" rerun.
At 9 p.m., Fox's second hour of "Dance" was No. 1, averaging a 3.8, while NBC's second hour of "Talent" followed at 3.6. CBS's rerun of "Criminal Minds" was No. 3 at 2.2, followed by Univision's "Barrera de Amor" at 1.7, WB's "One Tree Hill" repeat at 0.6, and UPN and ABC tied again, at 0.5 for "Eve" and "Cuts" reruns and the second hour of "One."
At 10 p.m., CBS's "CSI: NY" rerun led at 2.5, ahead of NBC's "Law & Order rerun at 2.3, Univision's "Don Francisco Presenta" at 1.2 and ABC's 1.0 for the "One" results show.
Among households, NBC led for the night with a 5.7 rating and 10 share, ahead of Fox at 5.4/9, CBS at 4.9/9, Univision at 1.9/3, ABC at 1.7/3, WB at 1.4/2 and UPN at 0.9/2.
Looks like this show may be on the road to the graveyard. Can't say I'm surprised. Or unhappy.