Amazon Drops Reality Shows Due to Poor Ratings

By Kathleen Villaruben | 1 year ago
Amazon Drops Reality Shows Due to Poor Ratings

Due to “viewer fatigue” on reality series which is evident online, Inc. decided to drop some Viacom Inc. series, which include “Mob Wives” and “Teen Mom.” Read on for details.

Bloomberg reported that Amazon Prime Instant Video planned to purchase shows from new suppliers and focus on original programming. Unlike the aforementioned shows, Viacom’s top series like “Dora the Explorer” will remain with its $99 service per year.


A+E Networks also struggled to renew its deal with Amazon because of fewer viewers for reality TV. According to RBC Capital Markets analyst David Bank, “unscripted docudrama” became “increasingly marginalized.” As a matter of fact, Nielsen data stated that the primetime viewers of reality show-based networks like History and A&E declined to 30 percent in 2015.

E! may be specializing in reality shows, but the network slowly resorted to more scripted series to gain long-term value. Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that reality TV was not a “great category” for their site because of its “disposable nature.” Like Amazon, Netflix preferred the all-at-once model of viewership or binge-viewing, which is more applicable to scripted shows.

Amazon will soon release “Transparent” Season 2. The show is a favorite of critics because of its unique story about a transgender parent. New series are also going to be released like “The Man in the High Castle,” a Philip K. Dick novel adaptation which is produced by Ridley Scott, the director of “Gladiator.”

The company also let go of some BBC America series like “Doctor Who” because it failed to gain exclusive rights.

“Teen Mom OG” Season 5 currently airs on MTV while “Mob Wives” is still waiting for its Season 6 renewal on VH1.

There you have it for the update on Amazon’s reality shows. For more updates about reality TV, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG) and like our Facebook page What Movie is this.

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