It was almost all reality all the time last night in primetime. In fact, unscripted TV made up all the originals that were on Tuesday night and there were some heavyweights in the ring together. With Big Brother (1.8/5) on Tuesdays for the first time this summer, the veteran CBS series, NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.3/7), Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.5/5) and ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/3) had their inaugural match-up in the 9 PM hour. AGT won the time slot contest with a 2.1 in the hour, followed by Big Brother, then the second hour of SYTYCD and Extreme Weight Loss received a 1.4 and a 1.1 respectively.
Individually, the lead up to the July 4th holiday wasn’t kind to any of the originals on last night. While the highest rated show of the night and the most watched on the Big 4 with 9.32 million viewers, America’s Got Talent hit a new season low Tuesday. Featuring auditions from San Antonio and Chicago last night, with the highlight of the Windy City’s acrobatics team the Chicago Boyz forming a human jump rope, AGT was down 12% from its previous season low of June 25. An encore of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers at 8 PM (0.8/3) followed by an original at 8:30 PM (0.8/3) preceded AGT. The octogenarian hidden camera show fell 20% from last week to tie its series low. Overall, NBC won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 7.380 million watching.
With Christina Applegate joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as this week’s guest judge, SYTYCD saw the bottom half of a dozen dancers face elimination right near the top of the show. Two hoofers got the axe in the new format on the two-hour dance competition show last night as SYTYCD slid 12% among adults 18-49 from its June 25 show. Still, the show was pretty close to last week’s viewership of 4.5 million with 4.3 million tuning in last night.
Big Brother and Extreme Weight Loss also both hit lows on Tuesday. The recently reupped 8 PM – 10 PM ABC show shed 17% from last week to tie its season low of June 4. In its Tuesday debut this second week of its 15th season, the one-hour Big Brother was down 18% from its June 26th debut to tie its series low. The last time BB garnered a 1.8 was on July 16, 2008. The series had hit the rating twice before in 2005 and 2004.
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