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Shows That Were Pulled Off the Air After Just One Episode

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Lawless (1997)

The American detective television series starred former NFL player Brian Bosworth, who played an ex-special forces operative who became a motorcycle riding private investigator in Miami’s South Beach. It performed so poorly, it was canceled after just one episode, with five remaining unaired episodes.

“The 4.1 million total viewers who showed up was a shockingly low number, especially given it had a strong lead-in from the season premiere of House, from which its audience tumbled 68%,” Reuters reported at the time.

Wrestling ring with audience around

The Bussey Bunch (2008)

The reality show, which centered around The Busseys, a family running the PCW Wrestling independent promotion out of Texas, was scrapped by TLC after one week. The debut episodes scored ratings of 0.25 and a 0.26 for the 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. showings. TNA star Lance Hoyt also appeared on the show.

Lauren Jones posing on red carpet

Anchormwoman (2007)

Anchorwoman was a semi-scripted American comedy/reality series that aired on Fox, featuring Lauren Jones, a former model, “Barker Beauty” on The Price Is Right and Miss New York Pageant winner who aspires to become an anchorwoman in Texas. The show brought in 2.72 million viewers in its back-to-back episode premiere, and was canceled by the next morning.

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