“Hard Times” Continue For “RJ Berger” Ratings; “Warren the Ape” Worse

Ratings for “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” are as bleak as the titular character’s social life, but unlike the MTV character, there is no prospect of an upside lingering on the horizon.

11 June 2010 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Kara Taitz, Amber Lancaster. Lavo celebrates the new TV series The Hard TImes Of RJ BERger at LAVO Nightclub at The Palazzo Resort Casino. Photo Credit: MJT/AdMedia

The show saw another dramatic dip for its third episode Monday; viewership fell from just under 1.172 million viewers to 0.834 million viewers, according to a report on Mediaweek.

Among adults 18-49, the show also suffered a sizable drop, slipping from a 0.5 rating to a 0.3, the same number it scored with women 18-34.

While the disappointment with last week’s numbers was, to a degree, based on its massive decline from the post-MTV Movie Awards premiere, the show has now simply entered into poor ratings territory–context is no longer needed to amplify the frustration.

— MTV’s “Warren the Ape,” meanwhile, barely registered with a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating and a 0.1 in women 18-34. Its viewership was merely 410,000.

Written by Brian Cantor

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  1. Warren the Ape is like fine wine at a Nascar event. It’s funny, well written, original and yet, seems out of place on MTV. Put this on Comedy Central and (hint to MTV) promote the heck out of it and you’ve got a hit. Put it on at an odd hour after a failing (though funny) intro, and you’re not giving it a fair chance.

    If you’ve not seen Warren the Ape, make an appointment with your TV for Monday night. I haven’t watched MTV programming in 15 years, but this show has my full attention. Great comedy.

  2. Warren The Ape is brilliant comedy, I just don’t think it works on MTV, as was mentioned earlier. Yes, the premise of the show can get a little stale but the writing keeps it fresh. Wish Comedy Central would pick it up and give it proper promotion. MTV is too busy trying to push garbage programming rather than promoting something clever.

  3. The Neilsen rating system is not only antiquated it is seriously flawed.

    It might be better that Warren & Greg get off TV altogether and just stay on as an Internet series on Hulu.

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