April 20, 2022, is a day that will live in cursed infamy. In a 12-hour span, we witnessed a sweaty Donald Trump storming out of his interview with British blowhard Piers Morgan (unless he didn’t), and Rudy Giuliani making his long-dreaded appearance on Fox’s The Masked Singer. This is not what the founders of 4/20 (Cheech and Chong?) had in mind.
There’s plenty of Trump vs. Piers drama to come (there always is). But as for Giuliani, the former-NYC mayor who tried to destroy democracy as we know it, his unmasking as “Jack in the Box” is being called a “new low point for reality TV.” Which is saying something. The episode didn’t even get good ratings, so, uh, hope it was worth it, Fox.
The show’s installment with the disgraced former mayor of New York City and former personal attorney for President Donald Trump got a 0.6 demo rating and 3.6 million total viewers, according to fast-affiliate Nielsen data. Viewership for season seven has been in flux since its March 9 premiere, with the Fox celebrity singing competition drawing a season high 4.3 million viewers on March 30, only to reach a season low of 3.9 million last Wednesday, which was beat by last night’s new low.
It was the lowest-rated episode of the season, a season that has also featured A-list celebrities like Dog the Bounty Hunter, Hurley from Lost, and sports announcer Joe Buck. The pitiful ratings are hilarious (in a “Sick, Sad World” kind of way), but even funnier is Masked Singer co-host Nicole Scherzinger confusing Giuliani for actor Robert Duvall. “No, that’s not Robert Duvall,” a dead-inside Ken Jeong responded.
As clips of G*uliani on the Masked Singer get shared, please don’t overlook Nicole asking Ken if G*uliani is Robert Duvall pic.twitter.com/eNUqerNYul
— Emma Layden (@emmalayden) April 21, 2022