Another Summer To Forget For The Broadcast Networks

Nellie Andreeva

What do American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Survivor, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Hell’s Kitchen, Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent and Wipeout have in common? They are broadcast TV’s biggest reality franchises of the past decade. And they all launched in the summer. Summer used to be a time for the networks to try out innovative reality formats that had never been done on the Big 4 broadcast nets (ballroom dancing or singing competitions, shows about castaways on an island or strangers locked in a house) or had been gone from primetime for a long time (game shows). Now the broadcast networks are throwing on retreads of over-exposed formats from June through August, so it’s no surprise that nothing has stuck since Wipeout launched on ABC in June 2008. A slew of newcomers came and went over the past three months: ABC’s Expedition Impossible, Take the Money & Run, Karaoke Battle USA and 101 Ways To Leave a Game Show; CBS’ Same Name, NBC’s Love In the Wild and the similar It’s Worth What?; and Buried Treasure on Fox. The only new offering on broadcast to show a pulse this summer was ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, helped by a solid lead-in and the fact that it is an offshoot of a popular franchise. Things looked as bleak on the scripted side, with ABC’s Combat Hospital, Fox’s sketch comedy In the Flow With Affion Crockett and NBC’s burnoff Love Bites barely registering. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Tops Another Night Of Football Preemptions

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Once again, the fast nationals for last night have to be taken with a grain of salt as some ABC, CBS, and NBC stations preempted network programming for NFL coverage, leading to possible ratings inflation. With that in … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dance’ Finale Up From Last Week, Down From Last Year

Nellie Andreeva

The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (2.1/7, 6.3 million) was up 24% in 18-49 and 17% in total viewers from last week but down 13% in the demo from last summer’s finale. In the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ & ‘Dance’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up

Nellie Andreeva

After rebounding last week, Mark Burnett’s new reality series for ABC Expedition: Impossible (1.4/4) slipped again, down 13%. Meanwhile, its lead-in, Wipeout (1.9/7), and lead-out, Rookie Blue (1.3/4), were both even with last week. Fox’s So You Think You Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Expedition: Impossible’ Rebounds, Others Steady

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s new reality series Expedition: Impossible (1.6/5) rebounded from last week’s low, up 23%. Still, the adventure series remained the lowest-rated unscripted offering for the night. On ABC, it was flanked by Wipeout (1.9/7) and scripted drama Rookie Blue (1.3/4), … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS Edges ABC As Series Slip Across The Board

Nellie Andreeva

Overall usage was down 6% last night versus last Thursday, and ratings were down by at least as much across the board. At 9 PM, CBS’ Big Brother (2.3/7) was the top-rated program of the night by a mile, but it was down 18% from last Thursday’s premiere. Paced by Big Brother and helped by strong rerun numbers for The Big Bang Theory (1.6/6), CBS won the night in both adults 18-49 (1.6/5) and total viewers (6.2 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ABC’s ‘Expedition: Impossible’ OK In Debut, ‘Rookie Blue’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

ABC launched its summer Thursday lineup last night with the official season premiere of Wipeout (2.3/8 in adults 18-49, down 12% from its Thursday premiere last summer), the debut of Mark Burnett’s new reality series Expedition Impossible (2.3/7), which held … Read More »

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ABC Shifts Summer Premiere Dates

The summer premiere of ABC’s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show is shifting to Tuesday, June 21 at 9 PM, the network announced today. It also said that the series premiere of Expedition Impossible and the Season 2 premiere … Read More »

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ABC Greenlights Mark Burnett Reality Show

By | Thursday November 4, 2010 @ 10:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a string of smaller cable series and gigs as awards show producer, Mark Burnett is back on network TV with a big adventure competition reality series at ABC. At first blush, the series, titled Expedition Impossible, looks very similar to CBS veteran The Amazing Race with teams of 3 instead of 2. From Expedition Impossible’s official description: “Teams of three will solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed. After ten stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.” Burnett, who is executive producing the series with Lisa Hennessy, describes it as “an epic Indiana Jones-style experience.” Read More »

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