According to The Hollywood Reporter, ratings for ‘I Am Cait’ have slipped precipitously since the premiere, which raked in 2.7 million viewers two weeks ago.
The second episode of the reality series — whose trailer inspired a lot of negative press by showcasing Caitlyn Jenner’s Republican views — only reached 1.3 million viewers; considerably less than any episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians has ever scored.
Jenner invites a number of transgender activists, artists and community leaders to talk for a bit. The group spends most of their time stressing how Jenner’s wealth and celebrity make it hard for her to see what’s going on in real transgender people’s lives. The diverse group of women tell their own stories – buying street hormones in the 90′s, starting in drag before realizing who they were, etc. – and these individual stories seem much more interesting to Plett than Jenner’s golden-spoon lifestyle.
Jenner and friends end up on a road trip to a few LGBTQ orgs in San Francisco and end up interviewing two trans-women of color. All of this “works” according to Plett:
All portrayals of Ms. Jenner in the last two months have come to us in careful and sympathetic professional packaging — she’s been a master of manipulating her image so far, and one has to wonder about the endgame. The teaser clip for the next episode has her crying over wine: “How can I make a difference?” Is she about to have a come-to-Jesus moment in which she gives up her former politics and trains her resources elsewhere? Well, predesigned or not, I hope so, I really do.