I Wanna Marry “Harry” has already been pulled from screens, due to low ratings, according to a new report from Variety.
A few weeks ago, FOX began to promote a reality show ostensibly about “Prince Harry” dating American girls to find love. The girls were largely misled and the lookalike guy, Matthew Hicks, admitted he did it for the prize money and free clothes.
There was an enormous amount of publicity surrounding the show, about its launch, and it was discussed at length upon its premiere. However, that interest and the gimmick soon wore off and apparently no one kept watching. Because the show has already been cancelled by Fox. With remaining episodes airing online.
After a few weeks of miniscule ratings, Fox is pulling alternative series “I Wanna Marry Harry” and “Riot” from its Tuesday lineup. The shows will be replaced by encores of Fox comedies “Family Guy,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” effective next week.
Unaired episodes of “I Wanna Marry Harry” will be made available for early preview on Fox.com, Fox On Demand, FOX NOW and Hulu, starting tomorrow afternoon. Fox said it’s also looking for a spot on the sked to air the shows on the network at a later date.
Fox had high hopes for “I Wanna Marry Harry,” in which a dozen American women believe they are competing for the affections of Prince Harry (when in reality, it’s a Prince Harry look-alike). It scheduled its premiere to air immediately after the final “American Idol” performance episode of the season. But that May 20 premiere did a mere 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 1.91 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.
On Tuesday of this week, both “Harry” and “Riot” did a 0.4 rating/1 share in 18-49, with the former drawing less than 1 million viewers and the latter pulling in about 1.1 million. No original series on one of the Big Four networks has ever rated lower. [from Variety]
The show was often compared to Joe Millionaire (“secret” blue collar guy), There’s Something About Miriam (“secret” transwoman), that sought to trick or otherwise deceive contestants with a completely false premise.
In this instance, although early in the show producers don’t say outright that this is Prince Harry, they hinted very strongly and the girls who doubted the veracity of the story were soon swayed by groupthink and concurred it “must” be him.