AMERICAN Pickers fans have criticized the series for airing repeat episodes as the series continues to struggle with low ratings.
Viewers were recently upset after History Channel made unannounced programming changes two weeks in a row.
The American Pickers Facebook account uploaded a retro clip of show star and creator Mike Wolfe, 59, and his then-co-star Frank Fritz, 57, visiting a family-run hardware store in La Salle, Illinois.
Mike was visibly excited as he browsed the owner’s collection of antique sports equipment.
The TV personality found vintage Wilson footballs still in their original packaging, Dizzy Daffy Dean baseball rompers and antique leather soccer cleats.
While Mike seemed very happy with the sports gear he bought at the hardware store, a fan of the show expressed his displeasure with the retro video in the comments section of the post.
They wrote: “I’m kind of tired of hearing the best of the show. A few new shows and then this happens and my DVR recognizes them as new.”
Similar complaints were voiced by viewers last week after the show posted another retro video on the social media platform.
In the clip, Mike and Frank negotiated the purchase of several remote-controlled toy boats.
After the deal was closed, Frank supplemented his findings by purchasing an original Mr. Potato Head toy set for $40.
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In the comments section of the post, fans seemed less concerned about the couple’s “choice” and more disturbed by the show’s sudden programming change.
One person wrote: “Another ‘Best of’ episode isn’t ‘New.’ It’s literally the opposite of new.”
A second fan agreed, writing: “We think the same thing. Why does it say this is a ‘new’ episode!”
“Why wasn’t there a show tonight?” questioned a third.
While a fourth commenter asked: “What happened to the new episodes? You will ruin the show if you don’t play new episodes when they are announced.”
The American Pickers made the unannounced schedule change after ratings fell to their lowest level of the season.
The main roles are played by Mike, his brother Robbie and Danielle Colby. New episodes are broadcast every Wednesday.
The latest block of American Pickers episodes, which began airing in July, did not receive the best response.
The series is currently seeing low ratings after its July 5 premiere got off to a strong start with 918,000 viewers.
The July 12 broadcast had 803,000 viewers, while 713,000 tuned in for the July 19 episode.
The ratings were better for the July 26 episode, which had 885,000 viewers.
778,000 viewers tuned in for the August 9th episode, with the number dropping to 706,000 for the August 16th episode.
The August 23 episode only attracted 620,000 viewers, which was the lowest of the season.
Frank, Mike’s original co-host, had previously left the show to recover from back surgery in 2020.
After suffering a stroke in July 2022, he was placed under conservatorship and released from the show.
On Thursday, Mike traveled to Nashville with girlfriend Leticia Cline after his pal claimed he was “ready to retire” from American Pickers despite the show having its lowest ratings ever.
Mike, who lives in Iowa where he runs several antique stores, appears to have traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday.
Leticia shared several videos of the couple hanging out at the Easy Eye Sound recording studio.
She filmed the whimsical interior of the studio, owned by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
At the end of the clip, Mike could be seen chatting with two friends in another room while looking at some guitars – possibly suggesting that he might be considering a career as a musician.
Leticia also posted a snap of her boyfriend sitting behind the wheel of a retro yellow truck while her friends stood nearby.
The star’s journey comes after his friend exclusively told The US Sun he wanted to leave the show.
They said earlier this month: “I don’t know how long the show will last.
“I don’t know how long Mike and Robbie want to do this. I think they would like to retire at some point. It’s been 12 years.”
“It’s a burden on your life. They’ve been doing this for a long time. When they’re around, it’s, “Ah, we’re on the road again.” “I don’t have time for this, I don’t have time for this.”
They added: “It’s a love-hate relationship like any job.”
“Some days you don’t wish you had this job and could do whatever you wanted. Some days you really look forward to your job.”
Mike and Danielle have starred in the hit series since 2010, and his brother Robbie officially became a full-time cast member in 2022 to replace Frank.