Exclusive: Syfy Cancels Reality Adventure Series Legend Quest

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Exclusive: I have just learned that Syfy has cancelled their reality adventure series Legend Quest after just one season. This comes just hours after we revealed that Syfy UK has acquired the first run broadcast rights for the series in the UK. Representatives of Syfy confirmed the news by stating that “Legend Quest will not return for another season on Syfy.”

I’m told the decision was taken due to poor ratings that the series received during the course of its six episode run last summer. The show premiered to 1.2 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. However, as the series progressed, the ratings continually dropped (in both total viewers and Adults 18-49) with the show’s first season averaging only a 0.3 rating in the advertiser rich 18-49 demo.

Legend Quest followed Ashley Cowie, an archaeological explorer and expert in ancient symbols, as he traveled the world in search of some of history’s greatest and most mysterious artifacts. From King Arthur’s famous sword Excalibur to the coveted Holy Grail, all of the elusive items are believed to hold hidden powers and mystical significance for ancient and modern cultures. With Indiana Jones-type adventure and Da Vinci Code-style puzzle solving Cowie and his team left no stone unturned as they hacked through dense jungles, squeezed through tiny caves and trekked through formidable deserts to find their next clue.

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  • phil kelly

    embarrasing drivel , hope it was made for 6 year olds. I doubt if he can find his hotel room at night or decode his script.

  • Aaron

    Another stupid idea by the syfy channel….I know a lot of people that got into the show after the episodes aired, just like destination truth it takes time for a show to catch on and six episodes is pushing it!!!!!!

  • Stephen Jones

    Great topics hashly handled. A tv show about ancient relics and mysteries which is supported by the input of the K.T. was like an instant magnet to me, but to see or be made to believe that the K.T. was apparently clueless to the whereabouts of these sacred artifacts was a major let down. Top this with over exagerated editing and hyped up excitement that always seemed to lead nowhere…

    i.e, at Chartes cathedral we are left wondering whether there is a gold object on the the other side of an old wooden door directly beneath the center of the famous labrynth… Has anyone in the production crew ever heard of a metal detector?

    At rosslyn chapel the so called head of the Scottish K.T. could not get access for Ashley and the voiceless irrelevant Kinga…

    We are told this show was aimed at an adult audience but the mere inclusion of Miss Kinga who never added any substance to the show apart from sex appeal to virgin teenagers, similar to lara croft in the computer games…

    As i said at the beginning, great subject matter, interesting topics, but handled so childishly that the actual oz factor or wonder of each mystery was lost through poor editing and unneccesary over hyped presentation.

    Adult Subjects Dressed for Child Consumption…

    Ashley’s ideas were nevertheless very interesting and should not be cast away with this failed show, ( especially the stone of Scone episode). How about a more mature approach to the same topics without all the helicopter rides, maybe a follow up to Ashley’s ideas and discoveries aimed at an adult/academic audience?

    SPJ – London