Eva Longoria's Unlovable Show Bombs
Neither audiences nor critics loved 'Ready for Love'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
Updated Apr 11, 2013 10:56 AM CDT
In this Thursday, March 7, 2013 photo, Eva Longoria poses for a portrait in New York.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Eva Longoria, apparently, is not enough of a draw to make her new reality series a success. Ready for Love premiered last night to big expectations, but actual viewers averaged just 3.7 million, according to Nielsen. NBC used The Voice as a lead-in, but Longoria's dating show—which she produces and hosts—managed to hold onto just 28% of Voice viewers, the LA Times reports. Critics weren't wowed, either:

  • "Ah, the good ol’ days of reality shows, when networks were content to just knock off one existing hit," writes Brian Lowry at Variety. "Today, the trend seems to be toward Frankenstein-like mash-ups, which explains NBC’s Ready for Love, an ungainly mixture of The Bachelor and any number of Bravo shows, with gameshow-style studio-audience elements of The Dating Game and relationship 'mentoring' a la Dr. Phil thrown in for good measure."
  • At the Hollywood Reporter, Allison Keene was only slightly more impressed. "Ready for Love seems to want to establish itself as something different so much that, in its exuberance, it's thrown in everything but the kitchen sink during its frantic premiere. None of these kinds of series are ever going to feel natural, because competing in a harem for a man you just met in front of cameras isn't normal."

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lauriec67
Apr 27, 2013 10:20 AM CDT
I have no use for "reality" shows! and that word? reality? really..? Eva Longoria is apparently dating 2 of the guys so that's probably not gonna work well for the "girls",right? I can barely stand the people I know, never mind a bunch of idiots trying to make some $ off their pathetic little lives! I don't like to know anything personal about my tv stars, I pretend they are who they play...like Mark Harmon? he's Gibbs...end of story..the more you know about people the less you find them interesting..and there's no PLOT to an ordinary person's life! there's no intrigue, no cops, no bad guys, no scary competitions, nothing! so please TV, lets go back to make believe land! Ill watch Twilight Zone till forever...never seen an episode of the Kardashians....again,,,don't like real people.....if they're not obnoxious, they're boring! or both!
kensharkey
Apr 12, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
Who cares? It appears these dumbass "reality" shows may have finally hit bottom. Thanks Honey Booboo.
jqpabc123
Apr 12, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
Disclaimer: Haven't seen the show, probably won't be seeing the show. When choosing a front person for a reality show about romance, why pick someone who has been so publicly unsuccessful in this department? Just seems like an odd choice to me. Not saying it was all her fault but it still just sorta seems to detract from the show's credibility. To the casual channel flipper, the implied message may be something like , "Romance has never really worked for me so now I'm helping others achieve similar results". Does anyone really want to see that? Apparently not.