The Challenge has been on MTV for a long time, and it has seen its highs and lows during its lifetime. In more recent years, it always seemed like another MTV shows was overshadowing The Challenge, and its life was in jeopardy.
In recent years, MTV has taken away certain things that indicate their love for the show. For example, they have been cutting out specials (such as a pre-show) and they limit or eliminate repeats of episodes. However, Battle of the Bloodlines has a pre-show and it’s airing fairly frequently on MTV. While this may not be an indicator of how later episodes will be treated, it’s certainly not a bad sign.
Additionally, MTV has already started filming the 28th season of The Challenge before season 27 even started to air. This is a positive sign that MTV is invested in amassing fans and maintaining them. Plus, fans will not have to wonder about the life of the show… for at least one season.
MTV has lost a lot of its anchor shows. Jersey Shore is gone. Teen Mom and Catfish have significantly dropped in ratings. The Challenge, on the other had, has a core audience that has stuck with it for years. While there’s no denying that the show has declined in ratings, it has proven its ability to recover from declines with other shows fail to see a similar rebound.
All of these facts are small indications that The Challenge is getting more attention from MTV. What do you think? Will MTV give the series more recognition, or will they waste all of their resources insisting we watch Ja Rule’s family?