We have heard that Fox plans on being extremely patient with “Utopia,” and the low-rated reality series is really putting that patience to the test right now.
For its latest episode on Friday night, the show drew a new series low of 0.5 in the 18-49 demographic, which is around the level that “The Quest” was getting over on ABC, and that show is most likely not going to be coming back. What’s the difference between the two? We feel like ABC felt an obligation to the fans to see the story through on “The Quest,” and they had already spent all their money shooting their episodes. “Utopia” is still in progress over on Fox, and with each passing day comes more and more money being put into it.
By our estimation, there is zero doubt that “Utopia” closes long before its originally-planned time of a year. It may not even last the next couple of weeks. Our guess, though, is that the show will create a “finale” for itself before Fox goes off the air for the MLB Playoffs, and then calls it a day. This at least lets the show leave with a little bit of dignity intact, rather than just closing Utopia one day under mysterious circumstances.
We still feel like this was a risk worth taking for Fox, and the premise of the show was not so much the problem. Instead, we blame the failure on casting a ton of insane people who nobody really wanted to care about, let alone watch. This is why we have ratings now that are a third of what they were at the time the show premiered.
We’ll continue to have some other updates on the show as they come out, so be on the lookout for those. Also, sign up to get some further TV scoop on all we cover via our official newsletter!