Summer is definitely a strange time for television. While on one hand, we have the magnificent glory that is Mr. Robot, Lifetime’s UnREAL, and — if Danger has anything to say about it — CBS’ Zoo. However, this also seems to be the best time of year for broadcast networks to throw new unscripted programs at the wall to see what sticks.
Unfortunately for Fox, Deadline is reporting last night’s premiere of Knock Knock Live — their new Ryan Seacrest-hosted series — did not at all stick:
Despite a star host (Ryan Seacrest), A-list guests (David Beckham and Common), and a live TV hook, Fox’s new unscripted series Knock Knock Live failed to deliver in its premiere, opening with a paltry 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.7 million total viewer in the fast nationals.
While I don’t really understand the concept of the series, it seems that cameras follow Seacrest around while he barges into people’s homes, makes it rain and then introduces them to famous people. Uh sure, why not?
Fox aired the premiere after the So You Think You Can Dance 10th anniversary special but it looks like Nigel Lithgoe’s dance competition show is also struggling as it scraped by with a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo for the night. Knock Knock Live‘s low performance makes it the lowest-rated Fox series premiere ever and maybe that accomplishment — in some weird way — is something we should all be proud of.