WWE spent months heavily hyping the return of Tough Enough on Tuesday nights on the USA Network. Then, the big debut drew just 1.20 million viewers last week, a disaster considering the numbers for the Stone Cold Steve Austin hosted season back in 2011.
That's without mentioning how much the company has invested in this show, like a $250,000 contract for the winners, one male and one female.
To improve the number for episode two, USA put a two hour replay of this week's episode of Monday Night Raw on as a lead-in. Not only did it fail to gain viewers, the number dropped down to 1.05 million. What's more, the Observer reports the Raw replay failed to register in the top 100 shows of the night in the coveted 18-49 demo. It did just 604,000 viewers.
This bad news comes on the heels of this week's episode of Raw doing one of the lowest non-holiday viewership totals since 1997. Rumors are already suggesting a potential panic move could be coming to improve Raw's ratings. Might the same be true for Tough Enough?
For a complete review of episode two click here, for the wrestler's react column click here, and for video highlights of the show click here.