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CBS cancels 'Secret Talents of the Stars' after only one broadcast


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/10/2008 

Viewers apparently aren't interested in a celebrity's hidden talents.

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CBS has canceled Secret Talents from the Stars, bringing the new America's Got Talent-esque reality competition series for celebrities to an end after only one poorly-rated broadcast. 

When reached by Reality TV World on Thursday, a CBS spokesperson confirmed the show has been pulled from the network's broadcast schedule effective immediately and won't be returning.

Secret Talents of the Stars' premiere averaged only 4.58 million total viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic during its broadcast in CBS' Tuesday at 10PM ET/PT time period, according to Live Plus Same Day ratings data from Nielsen Media Research. 

The performance placed Secret Talents from the Stars a distant third in the time period behind a new episode of ABC's Boston Legal drama and a repeat Law and Order: SVU episode that aired on NBC.

During the debut broadcast, country singer Clint Black performed a stand-up comedy routine; former Star Trek actor George Takei crooned as a country singer; Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen performed with a Chinese Acrobat Troupe; and singer/actress Mya tap-danced.

Home viewers were required to cast their votes online for their favorites during the commercial break that immediately followed each performance -- a format that gave viewers only a few minutes to visit CBS.com and vote. 

Further hindering the seemingly flawed-from-the-start viewer voting system was the fact that -- since the episode aired live and the advancing celebrities were revealed at the end of the broadcast -- only Eastern and Central time-zone viewers could even vote, with Mountain and Pacific time-zone viewers being told voting had already closed. 

Black and Cohen received the best voting results and would have returned as semifinalists if the seven-week, tournament-style series had not been canceled.

Now that the show has been canned, Secret Talents of the Stars participants who won't have the opportunity to perform are former The Cosby Show actor Malcom-Jamal Warner; former The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman star Andy Baldwin's current girlfriend Marla Maples; wrestler Ric Flair; professional boxer Joe Frazier; actress and model Bridget Marquardt; former child actor and frequent celebrity reality show participant Danny Bonaduce; former The Next Great American Band judge Sheila E; professional boxer Roy Jones, Jr.; actress and former Celebrity Cooking Showdown finalist Cindy Margolis; and comedian Ben Stein.

48 Hours Mystery will replacing Secret Talents of the Stars in CBS' Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT time slot on April 15 and 22, after which Shark will slide into the time slot beginning April 29.

Prior to this week, Fox's Anchorwoman had held the dubious distinction of being the most recent reality show to be canned after only one episode

Last August's Anchorwoman premiere had averaged only 2.72 million viewers and a 1.0/3 rating/share among the Adults 18-49 demographic.

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