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article imageCanada's Sun News Network axes Ford Nation

By Gene Kosowan     Nov 20, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - After only one episode and despite record ratings, Sun News Network announced Tuesday that it was pulling a show that starred embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford off the air.
"It's not viable for us to put that kind of production together, and I would be surprised if it's viable for the Fords, as well," said Sun News vice-president Kory Teneycke about the decision to yank Ford Nation, which also starred city councilor Doug Ford.
Teneycke told CTV News that production costs were far too cumbersome for the venture with the 60-minute program. It took 13 hours to produce, including eight hours to trim the show in the editing suite.
However, no doubt the executive was happy about the numbers Ford Nation garnered. It delivered to SNN huge ratings in the form of 155,000 views when the show first aired Monday in its 8 p.m.(ET) slot and an additional 45,000 views in western Canada. Video downloads accounted for an additional 65,000 sets of eyeballs.
A colourful back-story didn't hurt, either. The show enjoyed plenty of hype in the midst of the mayor's struggles with city council and his erratic behavior surrounding his alleged alcoholism and substance abuse issues.
Tenneke said to the National Post that the airing of Ford Nation was “the biggest night ever for Sun News, by a country mile.”
SNN, however, will consider the possibility of the Fords appearing on other shows as guests.
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