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The CW’s ‘The L.A. Complex’ Literally Got the Worst Ratings Ever

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So many wonderful shows languish in horrible uncertainty (cough, ‘Fringe‘ and ‘Community‘), on the bubble with ratings just mediocre enough to keep them afloat, but not strong enough to make decisive renewals.  Thankfully, ‘The L.A. Complex’ isn’t going to have that problem.

According to Entertainment Weekly, The CW’s Canadian import drama ‘The L.A. Complex,’ chronicling the lives of 20-year-olds living in the same apartment complex in L.A. trying to make it as actors, dancers, producers and comedians, has truly dropped the bomb.  Network research analysts have worked out that ‘The L.A. Complex’ is the lowest-rated in-season broadcast drama debut on record, going as far back to the start of the current ratings measurement system.

Though the series itself received somewhat positive critical reviews, ‘Complex’ opened to only 646,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating in the adult demo, even skewing lower that of The CW’s other weak performer, the Sarah Michelle Gellar headed ‘Ringer.’  Curiously, in a repeat airing Wednesday night, ‘Complex’ actually performed better, delivering 721,000 viewers and a 0.3 adult demo rating.

The series, which debuted on Canadian network CTV in January and will undoubtedly be removed from The CW’s roster, features ‘Degrassi’ star Cassie Steele as its lead, as well as former ‘Firefly‘ actress Jewel Staite.  Poor girl just can’t catch a break in this decade, either.

What say you?  Were you among the 646,000 that actually tuned in for ‘The L.A. Complex?’  Is the show worth giving an honest go, or is there a reason we’ve barely seen any promotion for it?  Give us your take in the comments!

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