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."