Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has become the butt of jokes for his admitted use of crack cocaine and his other wild behavior, has lost his Canadian reality TV show after just one airing, reports The Globe and Mail.
Sun News Network on Tuesday canceled “Ford Nation” after its debut episode on Monday. The network had announced the show only on Thursday, and the cancellation comes despite what were record ratings for Sun News, the story reports.
“While ‘Ford Nation’ pulled about 155,000 viewers, according to overnight ratings, it is a victim of the brutal economics of cable TV and the Fords’ relative inexperience with the medium: Monday’s episode took five hours to record, and another eight hours to edit, making it an unusually expensive endeavour for a niche network that is in only about 40 percent of Canadian households,” the piece notes.
Even though Kory Teneycke, vice president of Sun News, called the show “by far the most successful thing, from an audience perspective, the network has ever done,” the show won’t be produced again.
During Monday’s episode, the mayor — who has admitted smoking crack and falling into “drunken stupors” — vowed that he was changing his behavior. Asked whether the mayor should be a role model, he replied, “Absolutely you should be a role model. But I’m only human.” He added, “Am I perfect? I’m not perfect. But I’ll tell you what I am perfect at — watching taxpayers’ money, creating jobs, stimulating the economy.”
Here’s a taste: