Fox has announced that it's pulling the plug on it's 12-month long social experiment, Utopia. The concept was to take a group of strangers and isolate them together on a ranch in Santa Clarita, CA. Then watch them 24/7 as they struggle to make a new society.
The show started with a soft premier on the web where you could follow along any time of the day or night. Then it would air in primetime two nights a week (Tuesday and Friday). But after very low initial ratings, the network dropped one of the airings and left it as a Friday night only show. That didn't change things as the show continued to under perform bring in roughly only 1.5 million viewers.
This continues the trend of the last couple years where networks are having a hard time finding new reality based series.
A sign of just how bad the show was really doing… Fox has said they will replace the show on the Friday night line-up with reruns of MasterChef Junior.