Spike Cancels 'Blue Mountain State,' Will Focus on Unscripted Series

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February 20th, 2012

Spike has canceled comedy Blue Mountain State after three seasons. The series, which chronicled the misadventures of a group of college football players, aired its last original episode in November. Zap2It reports that Lionsgate,the studio that produces the show, considered shopping it to other channels before releasing the actors from their contracts.

"Blue Mountain State" was initially a solid performer for Spike, surging in the ratings during its second season. The ratings declined sharply during season three. For example, the November 7th episode of the show garnered a low 0.36 rating among Adults 18-49. The show averaged approximately 900,000 total viewers during season three.

Spike has opted to shift its focus from scripted to reality programming. Sharon Levy, the exec VP of original series, told Variety, "For the near future, we are concentrating on unscripted. That's based on a strategy that is working."


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