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Sun News cancels "Ford Nation" after one episode

Looks like Rob and Doug Ford may not have careers as cable TV hosts after all. Sun News has announced it's pulling the plug on the Fords' TV show after just a single episode despite being "by far the most successful thing, from an audience perspective, the network has ever done," according to Kory Teneycke, vice-president of Sun News, speaking to the Globe and Mail.

The TV network told reporter Simon Houpt that the episode, announced on Thursday and broadcast Monday, took 5 hours to record and another 8 to edit, making it tough to justify in terms of cost. It might also have something to do with the fact advertiser Canadian Tire balked at associating with the mayor and his brother.

According to viewing figures, around 155,000 viewers tuned in to watch Sun Media personalities Joe Warmington and Ezra Levant play nice with Rob Ford about recent controversies.

Didn't catch the Ford Nation star while it burned bright? Watch it here.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.


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