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American Pickers ratings drop below 1 million viewers for first time since Frank Fritz fired as fans ‘boycott’ show

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American Pickers ratings drop below 1 million viewers for first time since Frank Fritz fired as fans ‘boycott’ show

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AMERICAN Pickers’ ratings dipped below one million viewers for the first time since the firing of fan-favorite host Frank Fritz.

Season 23 of American Pickers premiered Saturday, Jan. 1, with new host Robbie, Mike Wolfe, who is the star’s younger brother, and Danielle Colby.

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This is the first time since Frank’s dismissal announcement in July 20211 credit

Fan-favorite Frank’s firing was announced in July 2021 after he last appeared on the long-running series in March 2020.

With the new season’s ratings down from previous seasons, The Sun can exclusively reveal that they have dropped below one million viewers.

The Saturday, January 15 episode only drew 859,000 viewers.

This is a drastic drop from the Saturday January 8 episode, where 1,011,000 people tuned in.

The premiere attracted 1,050,000 viewers.

The Season 22 premiere on January 25, 2021 drew 1,273,000 viewers.

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Mid-Season 22 ratings were also higher, as the July 5 episode had 1,336,000 viewers and the July 19, 2021 episode had 1,322,000 fans.

Episodes featuring fan-favorite Frank also achieved higher ratings, as the March 2, 2020 episode, which was his final show, drew 1,282,000 viewers.

The last time ratings dipped below a million was days after Mike announced Frank’s dismissal in July 2021.

The July 26 episode only drew 960,000 viewers.

NEW PICKER

The History Channel officially replaced Frank with Mike’s younger brother in cast photos and on the website ahead of Season 23.

Fans even boycotted the show over Frank’s firing, as many dubbed Robbie “boring”.

One fan said on social media, “The show really stinks without Frank. I would be worried Mike.”

A second wrote: “The show needs Frank, Mike and Dani. Stop changing it. I’m sure Robbie is a nice guy but he’s boring on TV.”

A third commented: “Watched the new season with the Wolfe Brothers. Gotta bring Frank back. Robbie has no personality, he’s absolutely boring!!!”

A fourth shot: ‘Don’t follow or look anymore now that Frank has slipped.

FRANK’S FINAL CHOICE

Frank, 57, last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode while taking time off to recover from back surgery.

The original cast member’s firing was announced in July 2021 despite his desire to return to the History show.

Frank left the show to recover from grueling back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.

In his spare time, Frank has lost 65 pounds as he leads a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.

Frank also told The Sun that he checked himself into alcohol abuse rehab in Iowa for 77 days.

Frank said last year: ‘I went to rehab and have been sober for 11 months now.

“I didn’t like to drink anymore. My mother was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. It didn’t suit me.

Frank continued that he went to meetings “twice a week” after the passage.

Frank said he would have been sober for a year had it not been for a relapse.

He added: “It might have been for four hours, but it was enough. The next day I went to a meeting and got back on track.

“I don’t think I’ll drink again because I don’t like the feel anymore and some of the stupid things I’ve done.”

Frank continued, “I feel really good. Life is beautiful and I would like to get back on track. I wish I had done it five years ago, I would have been a different person.

“It was the best thing for me and I wish I had done it sooner, otherwise I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in right now.”

SOME COSTARS

Frank also revealed his feud with co-star Mike, 57.

Frank previously told The Sun that they had a falling out: “I haven’t spoken to Mike in two years. He knew I had back pain, but he didn’t call me to ask how I was. It’s like that.

“The show is 1,000% leaning towards him. I can’t even lean that low to show you how much.

“It’s good. It’s like you had Aerosmith and there was Steven Tyler and he was the leader. I found my place, I’m second and he’s number one in the series. It’s not a problem with me, maybe he has a problem.”

He even admitted: “I think Mike wants to bring in his brother Robbie to replace me. I don’t know why he behaves like that with me.”

Frank currently owns his Illinois store, Frank Fritz Finds, and resides in his native Iowa.

American Pickers ratings drop below 1 million viewers for first time since Frank Fritz fired as fans ‘boycott’ show

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Mike’s younger brother, Robbie, replaced FrankCredit: History Channel
American Pickers ratings drop below 1 million viewers for first time since Frank Fritz fired as fans ‘boycott’ show

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The costars argue todayCredit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz/History
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