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Hasselhoffs, Palins Have Rough Night In Reality Ratings

As the truism goes, David Hasselhoff is beloved in Germany. But American TV viewers, apparently, have better things to do with their time.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians style A&E show Hasselhoffs premiered to disappointing ratings on Sunday night:

The 10 p.m. deubt of Hasselhoffs delivered only 718,000 viewers, with the audience shrinking considerably for the second half-hour episode at 10:30 p.m., with 505,000 viewers.

By comparison, A&E’s most recent reality series debut, Storage Wars, drew 2 million viewers. Must be a tad tough on The Hoff’s ego to get trumped by a show about storage units.

Hasselhoffs drew somewhat negative reviews from critics, too — with pans from the Washington Post (“dull and transparently desperate”) and LA Times.

Also in reality TV ratings news, the on-and-off-again love affair with Sarah Palin’s Alaska is back off. After a record-setting debut on TLC, SPAlaska‘s ratings crashed in the second week, and then rebounded for week three. In week four–noteworthy for Palin killing a caribou–viewers bailed again, with ratings off 20 percent.

Next Sunday, Palin teams up with Kate Gosselin for a reality show mashup that might boost SPAlaska‘s numbers.

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