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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Food Fighters’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Falls

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 8:46am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady, ‘Food Fighters’ Debuts Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ FallsLittle person, big voice. The vocal gymnastics of 11-year old Mara Justine on a Whitney Houston tune proved to be a big success with the judges on America’s Got Talent (2.4/8) last night. While the Garden State native isn’t America’s next sweetheart yet, making it as one of the contestants to get through Judgment Week on the 2-hour NBC competition show on Tuesday certainly moved her a step towards that goal. Her next stop is of course the live shows at Radio City Music Hall where things will really heat up on AGT. Not that things weren’t hot last night with candidates in six categories like kid singers, magic and comedy competed to progress to those live shows. And that was OK for AGT. Back after weeks of repeats and recap specials, the show dipped 8% from it last original on July 1. On a night of scant original competition, the 2-hour AGT was the top rated and most watched show of the night with 10.3 million viewers.

Leading into AGT last night, NBC had the debut of Food Fighters (1.0/4) at 8 PM. Unlike his now postponed new Travel Channel series, this Adam Richman-hosted show went ahead despite the controversy over some of his comments on social media. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea as the cook-off game show was down 23% from the premiere of the comparable Hollywood Game Night on July 11 last year on NBC.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Gains

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ GainsHeading into the debut of CBS’ Halle Berry sci-fi thriller Extant tonight and the whirlwind of the Emmy nominations announcement on Thursday, it was a quiet summer primetime on the Big 4 last night. As in previous weeks, an encore of America’s Got Talent (1.7/6) was the highest-rated show of the night. Following that was The Night Shift (1.3/7), NBC’s only new show of the night. Featuring a heavily armed guest appearance by Ray Donovan’s Steven Bauer, the penultimate episode of the first season of the medical drama slipped 7% from its July 1 show – which had been a big leap up from the week before. With a strong lead-in from AGT, Night Shift was the second-highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49. Overall, NBC won Tuesday both among the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating and 7.416 million viewers.

ABC was the only network to have a full slate of originals with first Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/4) and then Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3). With former SNLer Joe Piscopo and The Brady Bunch’s Barry “Greg” Williams doing the honors on the latter, CWS was even with last week while its two-hour lead-in was up 11%.

Both CBS and Fox were all repeats with the latter’s NCIS encore proving the most-watched show of the night with 7.95 million viewers.

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ Repeat

Ratings Rat Race: NBC Dominates With ‘America’s Got Talent’ RepeatAn encore America’s Got Talent finished first last night among broadcast programs in every key demo. The AGT rerun (1.9/7) retained 90% of the episode’s original run on Sunday, and matched its highest rating for a repeat since May 2012.  In total viewers (7.899 million), it was AGT‘s most watched repeat in three years.

ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap was the night’s closest competitor (1.3/4), winning its 10 PM slot by beating NBC’s AGT-fueled Night Shift (1.3/4 vs 1.2/4) with its second highest rating in a year, including an 18% pop with women 18-34 (though it dropped a tick in the demo from its most recent original episode — last week’s was a repeat). Wife Swap’s lead-in, Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/3), rose 25% week-to-week.

NBC took the night with a 1.7/6, followed by ABC’s 1.1/4. CBS’ night of NCIS franchise reruns finished third (0.9/3), followed by Fox’s comedy rerun lineup (0.6/2); the CW (0.2/1) was a few laps back.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With Rising ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Finale Even, ‘Capture’ Hits Low

Summer has come to an end and so did Season 3 of Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/4) last night. True to its name, the ABC reality show saw this year’s winner drop a record-breaking amount of weight, losing half his poundage. On the other hand, the 8-10 PM finale remained even with last week’s show and the 1.2/3 of last year’s 9-11 PM season ender on August 19, 2012. In terms of viewers, last night’s season finale got the best numbers since this year’s debut May 28 with 4.1 million tuning in. It was up 11% from the viewership of last year’s finale. Overall, this season of EWL has essentially been on par with Season 2 among adults 18-49, both of which were down from Season 1.

It was week 2 of the semifinals on America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) last night. The live one-hour show had Howard Stern in a three-piece suit and tie, host Nick Cannon in an unusually understated tux and another dozen acts trying to make it through to snag that $1 million prize and a headlining spot performing in Las Vegas. The most watched and highest-rated show of the night, AGT bopped up 5% from last week’s Tuesday series low. NBC took the top spots in both the demo and viewership with a 1.9/6 and 7.119 million watching, respectively. Univision was No. 2 among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with a 1.6/5 with an all repeat CBS was second in viewership with 6.968 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Dips, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Ties High, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Up

There were no original dramas in primetime last night but there was a lot of drama on TV. With two more contestants eliminated Tuesday, they’re down to the Top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance (1.3/4). Choreographer Kenny Ortega joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judge’s table as the two-hour show saw Malece Miller and Alan Bersten sent home. While dipping a bit to 4.04 million viewers, SYTYCD also saw a drop of 13% from its July 30 among adults 18-49.

Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) also saw a bit of a downward turn. The live two-hour third round of contestants trying to get in the semifinals slipped 7% from last week’s show. However, AGT was still the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 6.29 million viewers. In their 9 PM to 10 PM match-up hour, AGT triumphed over SYTYCD with the NBC show garnering a 2.3 rating over the Fox show’s 1.3 rating result among adults 18-49. The former had 8.800 million viewers to the latter’s 3.714 million. NBC won the night among adults 18-49 with a 2.0/6 and in terms of total viewers with 7.433 million watching. Univision came in second in the demo with a 1.3/4 while an all repeat and Time Warner Cable blacked out in NY, LA and Dallas CBS came in second in viewers with 6.251 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: MLB All-Star Game A Win For Fox, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ & “Perfect Score’ Debut Strong

By | Wednesday July 17, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

After three losing years, the American League beat the National League 3-0 last night in the MLB All-Star Game (2.9/9). That wasn’t the only win as the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 8th inning in the game too and Fox took the night among adults 18-49 and total viewers with 10.28 million watching the game in primetime. As is typical for such live sporting events, expect an adjustment in the numbers later today but as it stands right now last night’s All-Star Game is even with fast nationals from last year’s match-up.

Related: Fox Using MLB All-Star Game To (Sorta) Promote Its Fall  Primetime Sked

Almost a decade after Whose Line Is It Anyway? wrapped up its run on ABC, the improv comedy series started its new life on The CW last night. Aisha Tyler of The Talk takes over as host for this 12-episode season but Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles were back. And out of the gate, WLIIA is working for the CW. The 8 PM premiere of WLIIA (1.1/4) was up a whooping 120% from the 0.5/2 of last summer’s Oh Sit premiere on August 15, 2012. The show was the CW’s most watched unscripted premiere since The Pussycat Dolls Present debuted back on March 6, 2007 and delivered the network its best 18-49 result since February 1, 2011. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Off Their Rockers’ Up Big, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Sees Slight Rise, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Up

It’s almost a rule of reality thumb – put Paula Abdul on a judging panel and you are guaranteed to see some sparks. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out that way ratingswise for So You Think You Can Dance (1.5/5) last night on Fox. The former American Idol judge and choreographer joined Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as fellow guest judge Erin Andrews on the dance competition show on Tuesday but the ratings on the two-hour broadcast stayed flat with last week as one dancer was eliminated and one withdrew.

Related: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Turns To Paula Abdul For Ratings Jolt

There were no guest judges but there was a slight upward turn on America’s Got Talent (2.5/7) on Tuesday. The highest rated and most watched show of the night with 9.49 million viewers, the two-hour AGT was up 4% from last week’s season low. That was slim pickings compared to the rise of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (1.0/3) at 8:30 PM. After hitting a series low on July 2, the season finale of the hidden camera show was up 25% this week. While last night’s finale was down 33% among adults 18-49 from the season ender on May 23 last year, it is important to note that last year had an original lead-in, unlike last night, and was in-season. Having said that, Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Ties Series Low

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 Read More »

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ABC Orders Fourth Season Of ‘Extreme Weight Loss’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 10:09am PDT

Contestants shed pounds on the show but ABC is packing on more Extreme Weight Loss. The network announced today that it is bringing the reality series back for a 13-episode fourth season. ABC and producers Eyeworks USA are changing things up a bit on the show for the next season, which is now filming. Contestants will spend the first three months of their one-year weight loss regime at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, CO. Extreme Weight Loss trainer and host Chris Powell will work with the center’s medical director Dr. Holly Wyatt in helping the show’s participants drop pounds safely. The third season of Extreme Weight Loss is currently airing Tuesdays from 8-10 PM.

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