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The Fashion Show Can't Beat Project Runway in the Ratings

The Fashion Show Can't Beat Project Runway in the Ratings

I gave Bravo's The Fashion Show the ol' college try, but the show just hasn't pulled me in — and a lot of you aren't sold, either. So you might not be shocked to learn that so far, The Fashion Show hasn't been stepping into Project Runway's big shoes in terms of ratings.

Runway finished off its Bravo run last year averaging four million viewers an episode; thus far, The Fashion Show is averaging under one million viewers. Bravo executives told The New York Times that the ratings are "as good as we can ever hope for" for a new series, but The Fashion Show definitely isn't immediately making up for the loss of Runway to Lifetime.

Granted, Runway started slow, too, with even fewer viewers watching that show's first episodes — but with the help of round-the-clock repeats, the show built an audience and buzz awfully fast. This time around, the ratings aren't picking up steam, and I hardly ever hear anyone talking about The Fashion Show.

Bravo says it's too early to say whether the show could see a second season, but I'm wondering: Why do you think it's not clicking with audiences yet? Is it too similar to Project Runway? Do Isaac Mizrahi and the judges rub people the wrong way? And do you think the show has time to make a name for itself still, or is it already too late?

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Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I have watched maybe two to three episodes and the format kills me. I don't like how the judging panel is worked and honestly the only person I like to watch is Issac. kelly does not belong on a fashion show and they do not take enough time for you to really get invested in the contestants because they are always doing team challenges.
ForeverTaylor ForeverTaylor 8 years
The designers don't seem that talented or at least we haven't seen the talent and creativity. The challenges are also really lame and the contestants personality's are kind of blah. Just really every aspect is not up to par
pargie pargie 8 years
I'm not a big fan of Kelly as a host, she doesn't have the "it" factor. The show is ok, but it's just not as exciting as PR. I think for the most part, it's just hard to replace or duplicate something that is so good...Tim, Heidi, Marc, and Nina just have such a good combo of personalities that make PR must-watch TV. I think it's the best reality show on television, and its so sad that it had to leave Bravo.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I still watch The Fashion Show, but only b/c the Project Rungay blog is so funny. It is really not a good show and the judges are horrible... Kelly has no business being anywhere near a fashion show and Issac needs to simmer down.
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I can't even watch 10 seconds of the Fashion Show. It's beyond annoying. Bad call Bravo, baaaad call
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
The designers on the Fashion Show all kinda suck. The production values are cheap and Kelly Rowlands has as much personality as a wet blanket. Biggest gripe: no Tim Gun. I can live without Heidi, Michael Kors an Nina Garcia, but no Tim Gun equals boring show.
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