It arrived two weeks ago with much buzz and fanfare — Terrell Owens’ not-so-thinly-veiled effort at launching a career in Hollywood via his own reality show, which undoubtedly was shopped initially to networks having a lot more cachet than VH1.
The quality of The T.O. Show is a subject about which reasonable minds will differ. Some think it provides a genuine look at the “real” Terrell. Others think it’s too convenient and contrived. Some think it’s good. Others think it’s unwatchable.
Regardless of whether it is or isn’t watchable, it’s not being watched.
According to John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal, the much-hyped debut episode of The T.O. Show tied for the No. 798 spot on the cable ratings for the week, with among other things a 5:00 a.m. showing on Nickelodeon of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
To put that in perspective, if the cable ratings were the NFL draft, The T.O. Show would have been picked near the bottom of round twenty-four. [UPDATE: Actually, it would be the bottom of round twenty-five.]
Meanwhile, our guess is that T.O.’s “publicists” are telling their “client” that he already is drawing as well as Will Smith.