Burnett’s recent scorecard hasn’t been very pretty. The Contender was dropped by NBC after one season, as was Martha Stewart’s Apprentice. The original Apprentice is still alive and kicking, but ratings have been way down so far. Even Survivor has taken a hit; it’s still a top-10 show, but it used to be much higher in the ratings. Plus, its host has indicated a desire to leave the show after his contract expires. The only other network reality shows that come to mind that even register as blips on the radar are The Amazing Race and (arguably) Big Brother, neither of which is a Mark Burnett production.
So now I’m left with two questions. Now that even the good reality shows are slowly starting to bite the dust, what will the next craze be? And will it give us plenty to rant about?