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Success Guru Tony Robbins’ New NBC Series Proves One Of The Least Successful Things Ever!!

Published at: Aug. 4, 2010, 10:04 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! NBC has yanked the six-episode reality series “Breakthrough With Tony Robbins” after only two episodes. The network will replace it with repeats of “Minute To Win It.” Last week its premiere was soundly clobbered by, among other things, repeats of "Wipeout" and "NCIS":

Tuesday 18-49 finals (Prior Tuesdays in parentheses; repeats in gray): 2.9 (3.0) (----) (3.2) (2.7) (2.9) (2.9) (3.2) (2.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Hell’s Kitchen 2.7 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) MasterChef 2.6 (3.0) (3.3) (3.4) (2.9) (3.4) (3.0) (3.7) (3.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) America’s Got Talent 2.3 (2.9) (2.7) (3.0) (2.6) (3.1) (----) (-----) (3.1) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Wipeout 2.3 (2.4) (3.9) (2.4) (2.4) (2.2) (1.6) (1.5) (1.6) (1.6) (1.4) (1.7) (1.6) (1.6) (1.6) (2.1) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Deadliest Catch 1.5 (1.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Teen Mom 1.5 (1.5) (1.6) (1.8) (1.4) (1.5) (1.7) (1.8) (1.7) (3.3) (3.3) (3.9) (3.1) (3.5) (1.8) (2.0) (3.5) (2.1) (2.3) (3.5) NCIS 1.5 (0.9) (1.3) (1.2) (1.0) (1.3) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Primetime 1.4 (1.6) (1.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Covert Affairs 1.2 (1.1) (1.5) (1.5) (1.3) (1.4) (1.8) (1.8) (1.8) (2.7) (3.1) (3.3) (2.8) (3.2) (2.0) (1.9) (3.0) (1.9) (2.0) (3.2) NCIS LA 1.0 (1.2) (1.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) White Collar 1.0 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) The Colony 0.9 (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (0.7) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Pretty Little Liars 0.8 (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) (1.1) (1.2) (1.2) (1.4) (2.0) (2.2) (2.4) (2.3) (2.2) (1.3) (1.4) (2.3) (1.4) (1.4) (2.6) Good Wife 0.8 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Tony Robbins 0.8 (0.8) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (1.1) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) HawthoRNe 0.8 (0.8) (0.7) (1.0) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Warehouse 13 0.8 (0.7) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Chopped 0.8 (0.6) (0.7) (0.8) (0.9) (1.1) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Memphis Beat 0.6 (0.5) (0.7) (----) (0.9) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Rescue Me 0.5 (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Gene Simmons 0.5 (0.5) (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Make It Or Break It 0.5 (0.5) (----) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.7) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Deadliest Warrior 0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.5) (0.5) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) WWE NXT 0.4 (----) (0.4) (----) (0.4) (0.5) (0.3) (0.4) (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Little Couple 0.3 (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) One Tree Hill 0.2 (0.2) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Unnatural History 0.2 (0.2) (0.2) (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) (----) (----) (----) (-----) (----) Life Unexpected

It apparently went down from there. I’m guessing Americans decided if they wanted to wanted to see more of Robbins after more than two decades of creepy nightly informercials, they could just DVR his pitches at 2 a.m.: Find all of The Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Wow! Man, look at those mitts!

    by LoopyDAVE76

    lt's like grabbing a bunch of bananas.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:56 p.m. CST

    This is the least successful talkback ever

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BA - um - TONY ROBBINS!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Spike to Adam:

    by buffywrestling

    "You're like Tony Robbins if he was a big, scary Frankenstein-looking... You're exactly like Tony Robbins."

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Is This Ironic?

    by Crow3711

    I can never tell.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I thought that WAS an infomercial

    by br1947

    I saw that on flipping the channels, thought maybe the local NBC affil was desperate for cash, didn't know it was an actual show.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    When does Don Lapre's NBC show start?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Too bad one of the midget millionaires is dead as is Mike Levey of Amazing Discoveries! Is Tom Vu still alive? OH SHIT I'M GIVING ZUCKER IDEARS

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Only 7 posts? wow.. this has got to be the least

    by gotilk

    successful talkback for the least successful series featuring a success guru of all time.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    this is the 8th post

    by gotilk

    in what has got to be the least successful follow-up to the least successful talkback for the least successful series featuring a success guru of all time.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Ninth!

    by Natural_Selection

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    this is the correction for what should have been

    by gotilk

    what has got to be the least successful follow-up to the least successful comment in the least successful talkback for the least successful series featuring a success guru of all time.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Does anyone else sense a sort of

    by gotilk

    perverse glee though? The Leno thing was totally EARNED, but this one feels just a little (don't misunderstand me here).. a LITTLE easy and cheap. You know I love ya, Herc.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The networks are a cultural wasteland

    by Badger23

    With the occasional oasis every 500 miles.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    that guy is still around? damn.

    by Bouncy X

  • Aug. 5, 2010, midnight CST

    "You're going to be exposed to some great tools"

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I leave the context to you, dear readers. Use it with reckless abandon and intense discrimination.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    He does actually make some good points

    by Rupee88

    He's sometimes full of shit but mostly communicates some decent philosphical concepts.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    lurch lives

    by GornPirate

    creepy

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Sham-Wow guy: The Motion Picture

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    LEAST SUCCESSFUL TALKBACK EVER

    by F-18

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Deep in the Hundred Acre Woods

    by chrismata

    Anthony Robbins failed to find a home at NBC. Oh bother.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Shamwow Guy already made a movie, is making another

    by JoeSixPack

    If you can believe it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    People don't want motivation or inspiration, we want Snooki

    by JoeSixPack

    It's just a fact. Whatever idiot greenlit this show should be fired.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Can't believe that whale

    by optimus122

    Snookie actually has fans

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    The only thing I'd watch on NBC is the live executions of

    by BetterCallSaul

    NBC executives culminating in the burning of Jeff Zucker.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    2nd Bigest Douche in the Universe

    by Zardozap2005

    So why watch a show with him? 'Nuff said!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Robbins looks like Lurch...

    by SeymourClearly

    Robbins should play Lurch in the next Addams Family remake. You Rang?!?...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Bring back Heroes!

    by shutupfanboy

    Seriously minus football, this network isn't even on my radar. ABC has Wipeout for the wife with college football. CBS has football, IMYM and Big Bang plus I may give Shatner's show a try. Fox has Bones, football and the animation Sunday block. I watch more FX with Sons and their movies then I do NBC. This channel is fucking worthless even before the Jay Leno debacle which drew me even further away. I remember this being my childhood teenage years channel from Alf to Cosby to Night Court to Cheers to Seinfeld to West Wing to Heroes. Now, its utter trash.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    NBC never learns (so what else is new)

    by paulloch

    didn't NBC try this 10-12 years ago with Susan Powter and "Stop the Insanity" with her series from daytime to primetime, that lasted all of one episode. Motivational Speakers = Boring Television

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Zardozap2005

    by jackalcack

    Who's the biggest?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Did Tony Robbins back over your puppy in Leno's car?

    by Coughlins Laws

    I don't think anyone thought this would be sucessful, I just don't see how this warranted an article at all...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Giant Mongoloid Scares Networks Execs

    by skimn

    Into Creating New Series...Jay Leno used to say that network executives would comment that his face is too scary for prime time. What's their excuse for Robbins? To echo what paulloch stated, even a sitcom built around a motivational speaker, the one with Jason Alexander, failed terribly.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    ???

    by jwardlow

    There was a reality series with Tony Robbins? Never heard of it until NOW. That MIGHT'VE been part of the problem.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    will we at least get the remaining episodes on DVD?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    well, will we?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Just grab some funny Youtube videos

    by ricarleite2

    Anyone can program quality TV nowadays.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    optimus122, it's no longer PC to put on

    by jim

    Freak Shows and Geek Shows. But people still have this morbid curiosity to see them. That's where MTV comes in.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Frankenhead!

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    You LOSE, Robbins<BR><BR>[Cue wacky "loser" horn riff]

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    ricarleite2 - thats what Tosh.0 does

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    I tune in every week and i love the show but it's basically just 30 mins of youtube videos with tosh's commentary. So i guess my point is..where the fuck is the Tosh.0 talkback Herc?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Great headline!

    by JT Kirk

    The first time I saw an ad for this show was last night, so I would say NBC might have goofed in that regard.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Tony Robbins=Just another snake oil salesman

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    The guy's a two-bit bunko artist, plain and simple. It's just that America has no shortage of suckers, is all. I'm glad his show is canned, but equally pissed that we'll have to endure more of that stupid gameshow hosted by that Food Network- Time Traveller From 1997 Guy Who Is Actually Named "Guy".

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Tosh.0 talkback

    by Heckles

    It's called Twitter.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Suck it Tony Robbins!!!

    by RPLocke

    You and Jamie Oliver can kiss my ass.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Where Are the REAL Juggernauts of summer.....

    by Karuma

    ...True Blood(dominates Sunday Night), Mad Men, The Closer(1.5), Entourage, Jersey Shore, and Rizzoli and Isles (1.4)? Your list has no focus. Choose a genre, a day, an outlet, or a time and stick with it, instead of lumping a bunch of disparate programs together and trying to make us believe you have some rhyme or reason for doing it when there is none. Except that you have a deadline.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Who's watching 'reality' and what?

    by crankyoldguy

    Is anything on networks that's "reality" good? No. The cable channel stuff is much better. A few exceptions, maybe "Hell's Kitchen" (still waiting for someone to plant a meat cleaver in Ramsey's skull before the off-screen bodyguard can stop 'em.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    gotta buy the show when it comes out

    by Dustoff74

    yeah, Tony's show will come out on 5 1/4" floppy disk (even with all the extras.) he shoulda stuck to playing Lurch and pitching empowerment to insomniacs.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Minute to win it is non-offensive fluff but so what?

    by WickedJacob

    Nothing wrong with it. Its bar/house party games. Big deal. Not everything has to be "Mad Men." Sometimes people want something that can be just on in the background.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller impression was priceless back in the day

    by Behemoth

    Check out Stiller's "Tony Bobbins" from the old and underappreciated "Ben Stiller Show" in the 90s. Absolutely hilarious. "Isn't it all worth it if I can make just one person happy? Even if that one person is me?"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Tony Robbins Hungry!

    by MJAYACE

    In the Family Guy episode, "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", Peter goes to a Robbins book signing event. Peter introduces himself and Robbins bellows "Tony Robbins Hungry!", proceeding to swallow Peter whole in a manner resembling a snake.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Why do you yanks lap up this guy?

    by bongo123

    Anytime im in amerika the infomercials crack me up thinking that people actually buy into all self help shite, I mean seriously who the fuck buys this shit?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    You guys may bash the guru Robbins

    by bobbofatz

    but you know he has a footlong wiener,millions, and hot "wives"!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    @bongo123 aka stupid idiot

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    the fact that his show aired TWICE before being "yanked" sort of indicates that we do NOT 'lap up this guy'.<p> also you are an idiot.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Leno is beating Letterman Herc.....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    bongo123, where are you from man?

    by MattmanReturns

    Let me know, and I'm sure I can find some stupid shit that your people buy into as well.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    LMAO!!!!

    by Rebeck2

    I love that fucking headline. I hate that missing-link motherfucker with the white wall of teeth - he is one creepy douchebag and total scam artist. He can't fail enough for me.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Know What Cracks Me Up, Bongo?

    by Rebeck2

    When idiots like you call my country "Amerika". You're not that sharp, are you?

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    HarryKnowlesInceptionReview

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Yeah, that "Guy" is an annoying douchebag....almost as annoying as that other douchebag on Extreme Home makeovers.