Lifetime has already decided that it has given “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” more chances than it can afford. After the second episode of the show this past week drew a measly total of less than 600,000 viewers, the cable network has decided to bump the series off into late-night, where it will air at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights for the rest of its run.
This move concludes what has been a rather rocky road for the series even getting on the air. At first, Bristol was filming footage for a show to air on the Bio Channel with her friend and fellow former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Kyle Massey alongside his brother Chris — however, when the show failed to pan out Palin moved back to Alaska and the series changed networks along with its focus. A great deal of new footage was shot, but despite the hype the series is not even making the same sort of imprint that her famous mother’s series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” first did when it premiered on TLC over a year and a half ago. That show ended after one season, but it was a decision by the family that led to it concluding more so than the ratings.
Does this mean that the days of the Palins as pop-culture phenomenons are over? Possibly, and if nothing else they are surely numbered. We also have a hard time seeing producers for “Dancing with the Stars” still wanting Bristol for an All-Stars season as she has proven to not be much of a ratings draw anymore.
Are you surprised that Bristol’s series ended so quickly, or did you really think a show that was basically a more adult version of “Teen Mom” with a political family was really going to do that well to begin with?