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American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe flees to quiet location with his dog after low ratings and store backlash

American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe flees to quiet location with his dog after low ratings and store backlash

AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe has headed to a quiet spot in Iowa amid his show’s struggling ratings.

The 59-year-old presenter shared several videos of himself hanging out on the banks of the Mississippi River with his dog Francie on Tuesday.

The US SunAmerican Pickers star Mike Wolfe has headed to a quiet spot in Iowa amid his show’s struggling ratings[/caption]

Instagram/Mike WolfeHe went to the river in Iowa with his dog Francie[/caption]

Mike, 59, posted an idyllic clip of a large boat sailing down the river on Instagram.

The American Pickers star captioned it: “Good morning from the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Come visit Leclaire Iowa.”

He encouraged fans to check out his store, Antique Archaeology, and go for a ride on the tourist boat.

Mike also posted a snap of a restaurant’s courtyard overlooking the river, writing: “Beautiful morning.”

He rounded things off with a shot of his Francies lying on the lawn with a stick in his paws on the banks of the river.

“Francie Wolfe loves Iowa,” the History Channel star said.

Mike returned with his brother Robbie Wolfe, 62, and Danielle Colby, 47, as the co-hosts for the American Pickers Season 25 premiere in early July.

In mid-July, The U.S. Sun revealed the show’s ratings hit a downward spiral and dropped by 100,000 viewers.

While 918,000 viewers watched the premiere, ratings dipped to 803,000 during the installment on July 12.

Near the end of the month, the U.S. Sun also reported that the July 19 episode lost another 100,000 viewers, as just 713,000 people tuned in. 

The ratings finally ticked up a bit for the July 26 episode with about 885,000 viewers. 


The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed Mike’s Iowa store is struggling with low sales.

He owns Antique Archaeology with stores located in Le Claire, Iowa, and Nashville, Tennessee

The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal Antique Archaeology in Iowa’s estimated annual sales, per Experian’s Business Valuation Report. 

Antique Archaeology’s estimated annual sales are reportedly $62,000.

The company’s Business Credit Score is 23, which is said to be a medium-high risk. 

The report read: “This score predicts the likelihood of serious credit delinquencies within the next 12 months.”

As for the Financial Stability Risk Ratings, Antique Archaeology received a medium risk of three out of five rating.

The report claimed: “This rating predicts the likelihood of payment default and/or bankruptcy within the next 12 months.”


Mike has previously been slammed by customers for selling over-priced items and merchandise that aren’t actual antiques.

One disgruntled customer recently wrote on Google Reviews regarding the Iowa store: “Seriously there was only a handful of stuff that had been potentially picked. The rest of it was cheap Chinese-branded merchandise used to promote the store.

“I get it’s a tourist trap, but come on, at least do better than that. I would have happily dropped hundreds of dollars in there if it was something really cool. Instead, it was like three things that had been picked ranging from $200 to $4,000.”

A second customer commented: “This is more of a souvenir shop for the show. Not many antiques at all.”

Instagram/Mike WolfeHe filmed an idyllic video of a boat gliding down the Mississippi river[/caption]

Mike’s show American Pickers is battling low ratings (seen with co-stars Robbie Wolfe and Danielle Colby)History Channel

Instagram/mikewolfeamericanpickerMike’s store has faced backlash from annoyed customers (seen with girlfriend Leticia Cline)[/caption]

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