Fox cancels ‘Utopia’ reality TV show

MUMBAI: ‘Utopia’, the Fox series dubbed as a one-year social experiment with 15 participants trying to create a new society from scratch has been discontinued by the network after 66 days.


Based on a Dutch series by Significant Brother creator John de Mol, the show was made to challenge participants to produce their personal society. It aired its final episode on 31 October and pulled down its 24/7 online live-stream of the compound on 2 November.


Throughout its run, Utopia was averaging 2.6 million viewers when it aired on Tuesdays and 2.4 million on Fridays.


 ‘Utopia’ premiered on 7 September and Fox began by airing the series two nights a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.  The network then cut back to just Fridays due to Tuesdays' low-ratings. The live-stream stayed up throughout filming, and viewers could gain access to multiple, around-the-clock feeds if they paid a $5 a month subscription fee.


‘Utopia’ presented a challenge to its 15 participants with wildly diverse backgrounds to create a working society with limited supplies and no indoor plumbing. They would have to decide on a type of government, economy, to follow a religion and other great choices a community must make in the beginning. The reality series also introduced the threat of elimination for one of the 15 contestants.


On Fridays, the series will be replaced by reruns of Masterchef Junior.

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