Interactive singing competition Rising Star‘s fortunes have faltered again with the latest victim the local French version. Commercial broadcaster M6 has shortened its season by two episodes, slating the series finale for this coming Thursday after initially planning to run through November 27. The culprit? Insufficient ratings. Rising Star “proved to be a tremendous success in terms of new technologies and social networks,” M6 said in a statement. However, it “did not find a sufficiently large audience, but was hailed as a bold and innovative bet.”
This is the second local version of the Israeli format to be pulled early after Germany’s RTL scaled the series down to seven episodes rather than the planned 10 in September. Despite huge ratings success in Israel as well as strong runs in Brazil and Portugal after the show sold in dozens of international territories, its offshore adaptations have had mixed results at best. The ABC series that aired this summer faced challenges and the UK’s ITV scrapped plans entirely for a British take before production began. And yet, the latest figures from Rising Star Indonesia are showing week-on-week growth across a 24-week run, while Rising Star Hungary just premiered to a 22.8% share on Sunday — winning the night — and Rising Star China‘s 2nd episode scored a 2.58% share with 12.87M viewers. The results were an increase over the first episode on October 31.
In France, hopes were high when Rising Star kicked off in late September to an average audience of 3.8M viewers, making it the most successful launch for M6 since 2007. That debut episode averaged a 16.9% share. But last Thursday’s installment recorded 1.5M viewers and a 6.7% share. M6 has slotted the launch episode of Season 10 of Bones into the 8:50 PM frame next Thursday.