A&E didn’t sound too concerned over the low turnout for the Tony Danza reality skein “Teach” Friday night.
Series premiere drew only 937,000 viewers — an audience total way below what most reality skeins would open to on the cabler — but the net reiterated the show was never intended to be a ratings powerhouse. Rather, according to the cabler, the show was meant to reflect on the country’s troubled education system in urban areas and the need for quality teachers working in difficult conditions and with little pay.
“Teach” spotlights Danza as an English teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. The boxer-turned-actor has no experience as a teacher, but it was a profession he intended to pursue before his career took off while he was younger.
A&E, which had never before debuted an original series on a Friday, has six more episodes to air and it’s doubtful they’ll be another season of “Teach.” The network wouldn’t rule out doing another season with a different celebrity, but as it’s not much of a moneymaking proposition, chances are slim.
On the scripted side, “The Glades” drew 2.7 millions for its season finale Sunday. Show has been averaging 3.1 million and has already been renewed for 13 episodes for a second season in 2011.
From Fox Television Studios, “The Glades” stars Matt Passmore as a Chicago detective who moves to Florida. Clifton Campbell and Gary Randall exec produce.