TNT Cancels ‘Great Escape’ Reality Show: Report

by | October 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM | The Great Escape, TV News

A contestant plots his escape in TNT's short-lived reality series "The Great Escape" (Photo: TNT)

A TNT reality series that had contestants devising ways to free themselves from confinement could not escape cancellation.

The series, called “The Great Escape,” was TNT’s first foray into the reality-competition arena. It had its first — and now only — season this past summer. But ratings declined from its premiere in June to its finale in August and TNT has apparently decided that this show won’t go on, reports TVGuide.com.

The ratings picture for “The Great Escape,” according to TV Guide: 1.6 million viewers for its premiere June 24; about half that for the finale Aug. 26 — 873,000.

Certainly, a six-figure audience for a show as elaborate as this one is insufficient for generating a profit. Moreover, it would take a miracle, if not divine intervention, for a downward trend in viewership such as the one experienced by “The Great Escape” to reverse itself.

“The Great Escape” was hosted by TV and radio sports personality Rich Eisen. The TV Guide story says TNT is not abandoning reality TV. Next up for the channel: A real-life police docudrama called “Boston Blue” from Donnie Wahlberg, an unspecified competition show called “72 Hours,” and a competition show from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson called “The Hero” — described as a talent competition to find a new action-movie star.