With two different reality TV shows based in Nashville headed for the airwaves in 2014, I feared that It City was about to jump the shark in spectacular fashion as America embraced the worst, schlockiest parts of a Music City that doesn't really exist.
I'm sorry I ever doubted you, America.
Ratings for the second episode of Private Lives of Nashville Wives were out on Tuesday, and they were lower than the debut.
Locally, the show averaged a 1.1 rating, down from a 2.3 last week. But the numbers were actually worse than that as they trended down throughout the hour from a 1.5 down to a .7. Those are getting close to friends and family numbers.
Nationally, they didn't even register the .4 rating necessary to make the top 100 shows.
How bad was it? Private Lives lost to a 15-year-old episode of Friends where Ross loses his mind over someone else eating his sandwich. It lost to Wolf Watch on MTV and Single Ladies 3 on VH1. It lost to The Daily Show and Conan.
(Incidentally, if you haven't read Ashley Spurgeon's screencaps-as-recap summations of Private Lives, it's a fine piece of performance art blogging.)
Ratings for Crazy Hearts — exiled to Saturday afternoons on A&E after flaming out in prime time — were also off the radar, averaging a .7 in Nashville. Nationally, It didn't register in the top 100 shows of the day, either, which means it finished behind a rerun of NCIS: Los Angeles on USA.
There's no word from TNT whether they will pull Private Lives from their Monday night lineup. As of now, it's still on the Monday night schedule. If they ship it off to Saturdays, the natural spot would be to bump reruns of Law and Order at noon and put it head-to-head with Crazy Hearts.
Then America could concentrate its indifference on one timeslot.