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The verdict is in. After just three weeks, Fox has pulled its live courtroom series You the Jury from the air.
Whatever group of the freshman’s small viewership tuned in to see the fourth episode on Friday night was instead greeted by a repeat of Lethal Weapon. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that those encores will be in the 9 p.m. time slot for the foreseeable future, as the network has no plans to air what episodes of You the Jury remain.
Unscripted has been a hard genre for Fox to figure out in the post-American Idol era. You the Jury, one of several live courtroom shows put into development in 2015, premiered April 7 and never really registered with viewers — not that it stood much of a chance on Fridays. Its first three episodes averaged a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers (and that’s with lifts from live-plus-3 Nielsen ratings).
Starring Fox News personality and The Jinx talking head Jeanine Pirro, You the Jury highlighted prosecution and defense in different cases. Viewers could respond, via text or the Fox app, to deliver “America’s Verdict.”
New reality hits have been hard to come by for any network but NBC. And Fox is clearly trying to course-correct and find something new that works outside of its stable of Gordon Ramsay shows. Veteran reality showrunner and unscripted exec Rob Wade formally boarded the network in March as its new president of alternative entertainment and specials.
There was another live courtroom reality show in the works at NBC, but sources tell THR that (for now, at least) home audience involvement has proven too complicated to execute.
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