LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSVE) – The Dog the Bounty Hunter new show on CMT is capturing fugitives but not ratings. Viewers have been left guessing where is Baby Lyssa Chapman, what happened to Duane Lee Chapman, why is Tim Youngblood not on the show, and what happened to Dog and his sons? But with lots of fugitives and little family dynamic, the new jumpstart program has not resonated well in TV ratings, LALATE can report.
Dog the Bounty Hunter moved to CMT earlier this year with Beth Chapman in the foreground, and the in show’s title, and Leland Chapman pushed into the background. On A&E, the show featured the entire cast of family members lined up with focus on Dog Chapman. But the new entry “Dog and Beth” has struggled so far to fine a ratings foothold.
Rather, Beth Chapman took the unusual move to digress the show for its successful core, about family dynamics, to now dealing with other hunters across the U.S. That concept hasn’t worked in the ratings.
It remains unclear how low Dog and Beth’s ratings are sinking. But for the night April 22, FutonCritic reported the top “33 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the cable networks” that night. Dog and Beth didn’t make the list, with the lowest entry at a make 0.44 ratings share.
Moreover, TVByTheNumbers reports the situation far worse. For April 16 and the week thereafter, it doesn’t list Dog and Beth in even the top 100 cable shows that night. “We only receive the top 100 cable shows for adults 25-54 for the whole day from our principal source. If you don’t see an original episode of a show here, it’s because it wasn’t in the top 100.”