Bristol Palin Reality Show Flops, Facing Axe?

Bristol Palin's new reality TV show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" reportedly flopped during its premiere episode.

The show, which aired on the Lifetime network, drew in 726,000 total viewers, which is significantly less than its lead-in show "Dance Moms," which drew in 1.8 million, according to

Palin's show reached only 254,000 adults in the 18-49 age bracket, less than half of that of "Dance Moms," which reached at least 992,000 in the same demographic.

The show, which faced tough competition from various networks including MTV's "Teen Mom," also received unfavorable reviews.

Despite receiving a recent influx in publicity, the show failed to lure young viewers and some viewers predict that it may soon be dropped by Lifetime.

The show explores the complexities that 21-year-old Palin faces as a single mother while raising her toddler son Tripp.

Viewers were also given a glimpse into the relationship that she has with the Palin family, including with her mother and former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.

The news comes just two weeks after it was revealed that Palin is being sued for defamation following a heated confrontation that occurred between her and 47-year-old talent manager Stephen Hanks in September.

Hanks filed a defamation lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles against Palin after learning that the incident, which occurred in Los Angeles, was filmed for Palin's reality TV show, according to The New York Daily News.

Hanks is also suing the Lifetime network and is reportedly seeking $75,000 in damages claiming that he never gave anyone permission to film the exchange which took place at the Saddle Ranch bar.

"Bristol Palin's conduct was outrageous," the lawsuit states, according to the wire service. "Bristol Palin first accused Plaintiff of 'being a homosexual' in a degrading manner in front of others."

Hanks had allegedly insulted Palin's mother, which sparked the bitter confrontation, and Palin then began questioning Hanks about his sexuality, which prompted the lawsuit.