American Pickers Season 23 ratings have plummeted. It’s no longer the hottest show on the History Channel. On Saturday, January 1, the new season made its debut to lukewarm ratings. However, viewership has been on a steady decline in the following weeks. Is the show at risk of being canceled?
In fact, the ratings dropped to under 1 million viewers for the first time since the network fired former host Frank Fritz. They replaced him with Mike Wolfe’s brother, Robbie Wolf. Fans haven’t warmed up to him. They think he’s too “boring” and refusing to watch the rest of the season.
Ratings plummeted to under 1 million for the first time
Meanwhile, the ratings continue to decline. Fan-favorite Frank Fritz is no longer the host of the show. Season 23 of American Pickers moved on without him and fans aren’t happy. They’re not here to watch the Wolfe brothers. They just want Frank back before it’s too late for the show.
The show now features Mike Wolfe with his younger brother and Danielle Colby. It’s the first time in years that the show plummeted to under 1 million viewers since Frank Fritz’s firing. In July 2021, the History Channel announced that they were getting rid of the longtime host. The network unveiled the new host on its official website and social media accounts.
The new season has seen a sharp decrease in ratings compared to the previous seasons. It’s clear that Frank Fritz was the reason why fans tuned into the show. Yet, the network thinks that Mike Wolfe is the face of the show. On Friday, January 21, The Sun reported that the latest episode dropped to under 1 million viewers, which doesn’t look good for Saturday’s upcoming episode and the future of the show.
The Saturday, January 15 episode only attracted 859,000 viewers. This comes after fans call for a boycott of the reality series. They called for the network to bring Frank back. This drop is a stark contrast to the Saturday, January 8 episode, where 1,011,000 fans tuned in.
Meanwhile, the Season 23 premiere of American Pickers had 1,050,000 viewers. The Season 22 premiere on January 25, 2021, attracted 1,273,000 fans. The mid-Season 22 ratings were also much higher. Episodes that featured the fan-favorite also boasted higher ratings, including the March 2, 2020 episode, which had 1,282,000 viewers.
American Pickers fans don’t like Robbie Wolfe
American Pickers fans made their opinions clear. They took to social media to share their thoughts about the new host, Robbie Wolfe. Most of them claim that he’s too “boring” for the show. The History Channel replaced Frank Fritz with Mike’s brother in the cast photos on the website prior to the Season 23 premiere.
Fans agree that Robbie is not the right fit. Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode. Around that time, he was recovering from grueling back surgery. He expressed an interest to return to the show, but the network fired him without reason.
The former American Pickers host focused on promoting positivity. During his time off, Frank lost 65 pounds and has been sober from alcohol. He turned his life around. Frank attends meetings “twice a week” after his rehab stint. He also opened up about his feud with his former co-star Mike.
In an interview with The Sun, Frank suggested that the show propped up Mike. He didn’t understand why they saw him as the “frontman.” Fans don’t get it either. Frank is enjoying his new life and is focusing on his Illinois-based store, Frank Fritz Finds.
Meanwhile, fans are calling for the network to bring him back. What are your thoughts on Frank Fritz’s replacement? Do you like Season 23 of American Pickers? Do you think it’ll get canceled? Sound off below in the comment section.
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