Let it be known: If you take advantage of having “The Voice” as a lead-in, then you will be punished and punished hard. Despite some steady promotion and a desperate attempt to have their own version of “The Bachelor,” NBC has officially made a move now to cancel their dating show “Ready For Love” after just two airings. Not even a big-name producer in Eva Longoria could save this one.
It’s hard for any fan of this show to complain, given that there really is not a better bump out there save for maybe airing after “The Big Bang Theory.” Even with “The Voice” scoring over a 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic in its hour-long Tuesday airings, “Ready for Love” was still posting ratings barely above a 1.0. This has to be some of the worst viewer retention that we’ve ultimately ever seen.
With that in mind, the network does now have a plan for trying to change things up a little bit. Beginning on April 30, NBC will shift new episodes of “Grimm” to after “The Voice” in hopes of trying to give their Friday-night drama a little bit of extra love as it closes out the season. This show is almost sure to return for another season, and it certainly seems more capable of drawing viewers than a genre that nobody seems to be interested in unless Chris Harrison is the host.
When it comes to new series, this has been a pretty woeful year for NBC. While “Revolution” is a hit, “Go On” and “The New Normal” sank earlier this year, “Animal Practice” and “Do No Harm” were canceled after just a few episodes, and even “Chicago Fire” and “Hannibal,” which considered by some to be successes, would not be considered successes over on CBS or ABC.
Are you sad about this news at all, or did you even realize that “Ready For Love” was even on? If you want to check out some more of the network’s recent ratings woes, be sure to hit up the link here.