Sylvester Stallone's new boxing reality show The Contender had a disappointing first round on Monday night (07MAR05) - only 8.1 million Americans watched it.

The show, billed as the most expensive reality show ever, was expected to be the number one show for the night - but it wasn't even the top show in its time slot.

The show, which pits 16 wannabe fighters against each other, was supposed to debut last year (04) but was stalled when boxer Oscar De La Hoya created a rival show.

The Contender plays again tomorrow night (10MAR05) in America before settling into its regular weekly slot on Sunday nights.

09/03/2005 21:20