‘Dancing with the Stars’ alum Bristol Palin’s reality show tanks

Not a trip worth taking.

Bristol Palin may have brought in some pretty strong ratings as a member of the “Dancing with the Stars” cast back in the fall of 2010, but her name (and that of her family) may not be what it once was.

One day after the news was first revealed that one of Palin’s former “Dancing with the Stars” competitors in Kyle Massey, along with his brother and mother, was suingthe producer of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” for cutting him out of show footage (among other things), the ratings show that only 726,000 viewers managed to check out the show’s season premiere. To make matters worse, the show drew only a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, an incredibly low number even for cable.

The decision to keep “Life’s a Tripp” on the air may end up depending on how the show fares in the ratings in its second week — a time when many reality shows (in particular ones airing for the first time) tend to drop. If it keeps a similar number, Lifetime will probably air out the rest of the season. Otherwise, it’s feasible that the network may just get themselves out of Dodge here sooner rather than later.

The strange thing about this number is that it was only two years ago that “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” became a major success story on TLC, and premiered to over 5 million viewers. Has the family fallen this hard, this fast? Really, it just shows that it is hard to maintain a presence in the public eye (even in terms of your family) when you make a living as a political figure — and you end up leaving that field to pursue some other interests.

Why do you think Bristol Palin’s Lifetime show fared so poorly?

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