“Real World D.C.” Delivers Real Bad Ratings

Season finale had smallest audience in show’s history

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Courtesy Rene Cervantes/MTV
    Real World DC

    This is the story of eight strangers… who no one cared about!

    “The Real World: DC” finale that aired on Wednesday night attracted the smallest finale audience in the show’s history, according to the Washington Post.  Considering this was the show’s 23rd season, that’s not a good thing.

    Behind the Scenes at the "Real World" House

    [DC] Behind the Scenes at the "Real World" House
    A tour of the Dupont Circle house the Washington cast of "The Real World" called home. (Published Friday, Nov 6, 2009)

    Only 1.1 million people watched the season finale.  South Park, on the other hand, had about 3 million viewers. 

    It seems the "Real World" ratings weren’t much better the rest of the season either.  Five of the six least-watched “Real World” episodes in the franchise's history were also from this season, according to the Post.

    Tour the Rooms of "The Real World: D.C."

    [DC] Tour the Rooms of "The Real World: D.C."
    Go inside the Real World D.C. house with executive producer Jim Johnston. (Published Monday, Nov 2, 2009)

    So was it Washington? Was it the cast? Or are people just tired of the “Real World”?  Compared to past seasons, the D.C. crew was relatively tame.  They weren’t forced to work together and they didn’t get to go on any elaborate vacations.  Instead, this season was just about eight normal people trying to make a difference during their short time in the nation’s capital.

    “The Real World” is rumored to be returning to New Orleans for season 24.  Will the “Big Easy” bring the ratings?  We’ll have to wait and see.  Until then, there’s always the second season of “Jersey Shore”...