US net CBS has dropped its legal case against rival ABC over reality competition format The Glass House, claiming low viewing figures had “delivered the ultimate justice.”
CBS had taken concerns that Glass House was a carbon copy of its long-running US version of Endemol format Big Brother to court back in May but has now shelved the suit.
On Friday, CBS put out a statement that read: “The viewers have spoken and delivered the ultimate form of justice against The Glass House. As a result, we filed in federal court this morning a voluntary dismissal without prejudice of our claims against ABC.”
It will still pursue claims against 19 Glass House production staff previously employed on Big Brother, whom it alleges violated confidentiality agreement by disclosed trade secrets. The case against them will continue out of court in private arbitration.
Despite a primetime slot, Glass House hasn’t pulled in viewers. Nielsen data showed it was the 87th most-watched show on US television last week, according to US reports. The final episode goes out tonight at 22.00.
A US district judge had previously rejected a CBS request to stop the broadcast of Glass House before it went to air, ruling there were sufficient differences between it and Big Brother due to the unscripted nature of reality TV.