Well, here’s a surprise: Audiences just aren’t that in to Bristol Palin.
Yep, we were shocked too.
A reality show featuring one of America’s most talked about single moms has been pulled from its primetime slot after failing to attract an audience, Lifetime bosses confirm. In February, the network has placed a full season order for Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, a reality soap offering viewers a glimpse at Palin, the mother of three-year-old son Tripp, “forging her own way in the world while living under the constant spotlight as a member of one of America’s most high-profile families.”
Lifetime was given “never-before-granted access” to Palin’s life in Alaska, the network’s Executive Vice President of Programming, Rob Sharenow, bragged at the time.
“From the first moment she was thrust into the public eye, Bristol and her son have been the subjects of a huge amount of curiosity and misunderstanding. This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world…”
Life’s a Tripp debuted last week to 726,000 viewers. The docu-soap shrunk to 586,000 viewers in its second week. Lifetime has moved the reality show from its 10 p.m. slot to 11 p.m. The show has been replaced with reruns of Dance Moms.
Meanwhile, Palin and the producers of Life’s a Tripp, are facing a lawsuit from brothers Christopher and Kyle Massey over an unrealized reality series for The BIO Network. In May 2011, the bestselling author moved in with Disney Channel star Kyle Massey as part of a proposed reality soap that was later shelved by the A&E-owned Bio Network.
The unaired and untitled show followed as the daughter of Republican “maverick” Sarah Palin headed West to embark on life in the City of Angels. Bristol’s buds, Massey and his brother Chris, 21, came along for the misadventure.
Kyle Massey, Palin’s castmate on Dancing With the Stars, claims the Lifetime series was the Masseys’ idea.