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Massive Ratings Drop For Second Episode Of Skins!

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Ouch! Looks as though this one's going to sink without a trace relatively soon if they don't do some serious rewrites!

The second episode of the highly controversial US adaptation of the UK series Skins aired last night, and reportedly dropped a MASSIVE 52% in the ratings, with only 1.6 million viewers, compared to the premiere's 3.3 million.

Of course, this is after a week of advertisers pulling out due to content, and no Jersey Shore lead-in beforehand, but we're just going to say that the drop is most likely due to the fact the show is just bad.

So unfortunate! Guess MTV should have focused less on its wannabe edginess and more on making it watchable!

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45 comments to “Massive Ratings Drop For Second Episode Of Skins!”

  1. 1

    i really enjoyed skins, i also enjoy the UK version.
    I wated on monday, i guess i can understand not getting as many ratings without jersey shore lead in.
    US skins is really good, dont hate

  2. 2

    This type of show shouldn't even be allowed on televison. Cable channel or not.

  3. 3

    I tried to like this show. It really isnt any good. Its boring. kids in HS doing drugs and having sex.. I dont know.. either its the actors that dont fit or the writing. I think people are liking reality TV better. AKA jersey Shore or the dumb teen mom..

  4. 4

    Omg, this show is so stupid… i f$%#ing hate reality TV. (And so should all the rest of you guys!) = )

  5. 5

    Wow, it only took 1 day for you to contradict yourself. Yesterday it was brutally frank and depicted truth, today it's over edgy content for the sake of ratings. Your such a joke. Everything you do and say is bullshit, with your over the top queeny gay agenda.

  6. 6

    I think one of the main reason did it so good last week was because people who watched the UK version wanted to see how terrible the US version would be. I tried watching it when it came in repeat this weekend but i couldn't stand it. The UK version should never should of been redone

  7. 7

    The second episode was really good. Good story, well produced and directed.

  8. 8

    Re: glamguy86 – It's not a reality show, dude.

  9. 9

    The biggest problem with this show is that they have taken British culture and tried to turn it into American culture. It's not. It doesn't work here because the mentality is completely different. It's an unrelateable show. Kids here don't get it, and it isn't something that most of them can openly watch because parents won't allow them. Remaking this show was a horrible idea in the first place. This is the kind of show where it's best to either go all out, nor not do it at all. FAIL MTV.

  10. 10

    Re: pnessenvy
    Totally agree. They tried to keep the same feel as the UK version and that does not translate to American teens. And I also agree, this show deserves to go all out instead of having some watered down crap version out there.

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  12. 12

    I just dont think that america was ready for a show like skins… They really waterd down the show from the UK one… I am also really mad because in the UK one there was a gay guy (sam) and the American one has a gay chick… It is just not the same as the UK one and MTV Failed…

  13. Heh says – reply to this


    just more proof that you know nothing about nothing…that is an amazingly great show with an insanely talented cast, this is the way kids are now, its frightening I will admit that but that doesnt make it untrue, If you watch one of the last scenes of this week's episode one of the girls has a conversation with her grandmother who apparently is a closeted lesbian herself and it was a really touching and well acted scene.. I really like this show but apparently people cant handle this type of reality, you know the REAL kind

  14. 14

    It's a shame. The second episode was a lot better than the first.

  15. 15

    The ratings are down because the show is incredibly boring. I was hooked on the original version after just one episode. This version is so incredibly tamed and toned down for our (relatively) Puritan American culture that it's just not worth watching. I was disappointed with the first episode, and even moreso with the second one since I thought it would have started to get interesting by then.

  16. 16

    I usually love shows like this. I watched the first episode and wasn't thrilled. It definitely does NOT depict the average American teenager!

  17. 17

    Usually when advertisers pull, people get curious and watch.

    And why do you think it's so true to life? Believe it or not, most highschoolers are NOT getting high and having sex all the time. The kids that parade that lifestyle are still part of a minority clique that is looked down on. Yes, kids are doing drugs and having sex, and most of those that do keep it very low profile and it's not an every day occurance.

    Teens may be cruel to each other, and most don't want to be identified with the sluts and the stoners. It's a clique to be avoided for the most part. I guess I know which clique Perez wanted to be in.

  18. 18

    This show is absolutely reprehensible and should be taken off the air immediately.

  19. 19

    Re: pnessenvy – I really enjoyed the U.K. "Queer as Folk," but I did not watch the U.S. remake.
    I don't have Showtime, but I wasn't interested in a watered down version.
    "Skins" is beginning to sound like QAF 2.0. In other words, it doesn't translate well.

  20. 20

    thats too bad because there was some solid acting in that episode. i even teared up a little when Tea's Nana was telling her story. This show is just like degrassi only a little more explicit.

  21. 21

    The problem with the US version is if you have seen the UK the US just doesn't compare. When I heard there was going to be a US version of Skins I thought that it would be based off the show not EXACTLY like it.

  22. 22

    It actually looked really good from the commercials, but I just didn't like it. It was a bad version of Degrassi.

  23. 23

    Loved the second episode. From what I know a lot of people illegally downloaded the ep cause they don't have MTV cause its a crap channel.

  24. 24

    Yeah nobody's watching because the dialogue and story lines are the same as the UK version… they're just not executed half as well. Why tune in to a storyline you already know? MTV really screwed up big time with this one… they need to write different story lines (switching a few characters wasn't enough).

  25. 25

    hopefully it will be cancelled and fail into obscurity, either way i highly doubt it will make 5 years like the original

  26. 26

    For me the reason the UK version was so great were the stories and the actors, the 'edgyness' was a kind of by-product from that. I tried to watch the US version but it was soooo dull, they took everything great about the UK version and made it so generic it was unwatchable, everything was so stereotyped is wasn't 'edgy' AT ALL! Plus i still think it is quite offensive how they replaced Maxxi (one of my favourite characters!) with a lesbian cheerleader…I mean come on!

  27. 27

    If you've seen the UK version of skins it's almost impossible to even remotely enjoy the U.S version. They tried to imitate the UK show almost exactly (with some slight changes), but ultimately did a worse job than the original. Tea instead of Maxxie, a spider bedspread for Tony instead of naked people..everything just fell short..including the acting..way short of my expectations.
    The only sad thing is that the U.S skins is more tame than the UK version and people still cant handle it. Get over yourself, there's drinking, drugs, profanity, and nudity everywhere. I work in school classrooms, and its pathetic parents think shielding their kids from a tv show will keep them innocent to the world; when in reality it there is soo much kids see/hear in everyday life.

  28. 28

    GOOD!! This show fucking sucks and quite frankly i'm sick of even seeing the commercials for the shit. Who wants to watch a bunch of kids jacking off, doing drugs, getting shitfaced and being whores?

  29. 29

    the original worked because the actors has a unique chemistry. also mtv just did a poor imitation instead of using the idea from the original as a jump pad then going in a different direction

  30. 30

    Doesn't suprise me. its really boring. and lacks comedy. and whatever comedy that is in there isn't even funny. just basically stupid. This kind of show's shouldn't even be on television in the U.S. we got more self respect than this.

  31. 31

    I'd say the only reason the ratings were good for the first episode was because all UK Skins fans tuned in to see how bad it is, and then lost interest after seeing just how bad it is.

    I don't like this American Skins. If they did what they did with Sex and the City and aired it through HBO or Showcase then the longtime fans might actually watch it, but MTV squeezed the guts right out of it. Skins is a guilty pleasure, and that's what all the fans love about the show. We love things like Tony's bedspread or how they all say "fuck" and "cock" and don't give a shit. I mean good god, I almost shit my pants with laughter when this American "Tony" said "Gosh Golly Gee" I was like what the fuck Tony Stonem does NOT say "Gosh Golly Gee".

    American Skins has no soul. It's as simple as that.

  32. 32

    It was BORING! I tried to give it a chance, but ended up peacing out about 15 mins of this 2nd episode. Characters are totally unlikable. I think it would have been ok with a different group of actors. And yes, the UK version is so much better and likable.

  33. 33

    second ep was A LOT better then the first one

  34. 34

    the uk version is better because they allow those things on tv and just plain and simple the british do it better. The changed so many things about the characters. A lesbian cheerleader named Tea BLAH..I wanna see Maxxie the gay dancer who was super sexy and easy on the eyes. Sid became stanley, jas became daisy, anwar became abbud, cassie became cadie and effy is eura. WTF
    im from america and i hate us for ruining such a good show. if there is a god it wont even make it past episode 5
    Season 5 premier of Skins(UK!) is tomorrow the 27th, new group of kids and new fun to come!

  35. 35

    Im a huge SKINS fan but wont be watching the rest of the US series. The acting is horrible, the casting omg, fucking seriously bad, its a piece of shit and MTV ruined the series

  36. 36

    uhhhh…. Skins is not reality TV, broRe: glamguy86

  37. 37

    That's because the show SUCKED. I tried finishing the first episode, and just couldn't. I really thought I would like this show, but it's honestly too crazy and ridiculous that I can't relate to it at all. I'm in college and don't even do that much sleeping around, boozing and drugging. The show is ridiculous.

  38. 38

    you're right the show is just bad!! I watched only the 1st episode I told myself I want to make it til 3rd episode but its sooo not like an American teen! I don't remember saying Drugs 500 times.. They didn't even sound clevor, Where is the lingo? I don't remember making sex that big of a deal.. the girls they potray sound soo stupid. What girl in their mind would be open to taking a guys virginity like that? and high school parties were a lot better than what I saw.. but i think the intention was there.. I remember parents being as obnoxious as it was on the 1st episode.

    I think the actors don't fit. ReCAST!! I like that they didn't get way too good looking people.. but some of the people just sound sooo lame. They need teenagers writing this show lol

  39. 39

    Ratings drop? Perhaps it's because America is SHIT at remaking British shows. Look at The Office.

  40. 40

    Honestly I like this show because I just got out of high school and it's really what happens there. Kids have sex, they do drugs, there are gay students. If you don't like shit that's in it, and don't want your kids to watch it, then BE A PARENT AND MAKE SURE THEY DON'T! I know you're all thinking "oh what does she know about being a parent?" Well I've been a nanny all fucking summer working 12 hour days, so I know how to take care of a child and make sure they don't watch things they shouldn't.
    Long story short, it's not child pornography. None of them are actually naked, none of them actually have sex. GET THE FUCK OVER IT. I understand why it's a hit shoe in the UK and honestly I wish that THAT VERSION was on mtv. Just sayin.

  41. 41

    Re: nickycullen87 – There has never ever been a character in UK Skins called Sam… The gay character you are referring to is Maxxie.

  42. 42

    Sooo….am i the only 1 that likes the show???

  43. 43

    when i watched skins i got so mad knowing that kids actually behave that way. i mean i know a ton of kids who say they do this stuff…but seeing it just make reality even harsher.

  44. 44

    UK version is way better than the US shows. This show is so bad and watered down. And where the hell is sam the gay guy on this version. To bad US tv fucks everything up.

  45. 45

    Re: nickycullen87 – His name is not sam its maxxie