Arnold Schwarzenegger’s future in the Celebrity Apprentice is still unclear after the show hit its all-time finale low in ratings. NBC has yet to confirm if Schwarzenegger will be coming back to host the series’ next season.
This is the first season for the actor as host. Schwarzenegger replaced President Donald Trump in the reality TV show.
The New Celebrity Apprentice finale aired on Monday and ran for only an hour. Most of the previous Apprentice finales aired on a Sunday and usually ran as a two-hour live event, Variety noted.
This season of Celebrity Apprentice has been out shined by the feud between the former California governor and the current president of the United States. Trump first mocked Schwarzenegger when the premiere of the show in January only drew 4.9 million viewers, which is below its last season’s debut episode.
The president then asked the audience at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. recently to pray for Schwarzenegger and the show’s ratings. Schwarzenegger fired back at Trump and shared his own video message suggesting that they could switch jobs instead.
Apparently, all of the mocking and teasing did not help the ratings of the show at all. The Celebrity Apprentice season 8 finale recorded its lowest ratings in history with just 3.45 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The current season also recorded an average nightly viewership of below 4 million. In comparison, 2015’s season of Apprentice, which was last hosted by Trump, averaged more than 7.6 million nightly viewers.
Moreover, Schwarzenegger’s season of The Apprentice also recorded unimpressive ratings in adults aged 18 to 49. The Hollywood Reporter noted the show’s ratings in this demo plunged 42 percent from the 2015 season’s numbers.
The New Celebrity Apprentice Season Finale Winner
At the conclusion of season 8, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman beat Boy George for the title. The finalists created an ad campaign, hosted a party, and produced a show to raise money for their chosen charities.
Boy George recruited Caitlyn Jenner as a special guest. The reality star delivered a $90,000 cheque for the singer’s charity, Safe Kids Worldwide.
Carson Kressley opened George’s variety show, while Natasha Bedingfield sang Pocketful of Sunshine. George then performed a song before having a Karma Chameleon duet with Bedingfield.
As for Iseman, he managed to get girl group Wilson Phillips. The group performed their 1990 smash hit Hold On.
In the end, Iseman raised a total of $573,329 for his charity, the Arthritis Foundation. Meanwhile, Boy George raised almost $446,000 for his charity.
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