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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Love In The Wild’ Finale & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Flat, ‘Trust Us With Your Life’ Falls

By | Wednesday July 25, 2012 @ 9:14am PDT

Love In The Wild Season 2 FinaleThe Season 2 finale of NBC’s Love In The Wild (1.3/4) declared a winner last night, but the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show was flat with last week’s broadcast. Earlier on NBC, the two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.6/8) live quarterfinals also was flat week-over-week — despite a giant violin, a human cannonball and clogging. ABC’s Trust Us With Your Life had Jerry Springer at 9 PM (0.6/2) and Florence Henderson at 9:30 PM (0.6/2). Both episodes of the comedy improv biography series were down 33% from last week. The third episode of the eight-part docudrama series NY Med (1.1/3) followed at 10 PM, down 8% from last week. On Fox, it was another night of Gordon Ramsay as Hell’s Kitchen (2.6/9) melded the final six contestants into one team and MasterChef (2.6/7) had former contestants return. Both shows were up 4% from last week. Fox won the night in adults 18-49, with NBC tops in total viewers with 8.35 million watching. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Up, ‘Talent’ Down, ‘Wipeout’ Falls To Low

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 9:22am PDT

Paula Deen MasterChefFox was cooking Tuesday night, with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen (2.4/8) rising 20% from its previous Tuesday episode two weeks ago. Following at 9 PM, MasterChef (2.5/7) continued the upward trend, growing 25% from two weeks ago as Paula Deen joined Ramsay and fellow judges Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot to talk grits and Southern cuisine. (Neither Hell’s Kitchen nor MasterChef aired last week due to the MLB All-Star Game.) Meanwhile, NBC’s live two-hour America’s Got Talent (2.6/8) was down 7% from last week. Last night’s penultimate episode of Love In The Wild’s (1.3/4) second season trimmed down to its final two couples and rose 8% from last week. Fox was No. 1 among adults 18-49 and NBC won the night in viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Down, CBS Takes Night With Repeats

By | Wednesday July 4, 2012 @ 9:09am PDT

On Fox there were some contestant tears last night on Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/7) but Gordon Ramsey held it together even though the show was down 17% from last week. On MasterChef  (2.0/7), eyes stayed dry but the show was also down, 13% from last week. Fox took the night among adults 18-49, but CBS’ repeats won in total viewers with an audience of 6.6 million. CBS went with NCIS (1.0/4), NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8/3) and 48 Hours Mystery (1.1/3) ABC also ran repeats with Wipeout (0.9/3) and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (0.7/2). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Olympic Trials Go For Gold, ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Love In The Wild’ & ‘MasterChef’ Up

U.S Swimming Trials 2012 RatingsIt was back in the water Tuesday and a big night for NBC — both wet and dry. The U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming Finals (1.9/7), live from Omaha, Neb, looks in fast nationals to be the trials‘ largest audience since August 20, 2000, drawing 7 million viewers. That could change later in the day with updated nationals, bringing it closer to Monday’s total viewership of 6.93 million, basically tying the two nights for the post-2000 high. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Up, ‘Love In The Wild’ Slides To Season Low

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT

NBA Finals RatingsThe Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the NBA Finals scored pretty nicely as well. Game 4 (6.0/17) was up 9% from last year’s Game 4 battle between the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. In fast nationals, Tuesday’s game drew 13.97 million viewers and garnered an overnight rating of 12.4, the highest-rated Game 4 since the 14.5 of 2004′s LA Lakers-Detroit Pistons court battle. The series so far is averaging an 11.6 overnight rating, ABC’s highest since 2004 and the second highest since the network began broadcasting the NBA Finals.

The news was not so upbeat at NBC: After double America’s Got Talent repeats at 8 PM (1.5/5) and 9 PM (1.8/5), Tuesday’s new episode of Love In The Wild (1.3/4) was down 13%. That marks the lowest rating for the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show since the 1.6/4 of its season premiere June 5. Last night’s episode drew 4.1 million viewers. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Up Again, ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Love in the Wild’ Premiere Down

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 9:16am PDT

Day 2 of the Gordon Ramsay premiere showcase on Fox had ups and downs. Hell’s Kitchen (2.1/7) was down 16% from last year’s second-night premiere, which at 9 PM MasterChef (2.1/6) was up 11% from last year’s second-day premiere. Over on NBC, America’s Got Talent (3.4/11) was down 8% from last week but still the biggest draw of the night with 12.2 million viewers. The two-hour season premiere of Love In The Wild (1.6/4) at 9 PM was also down, with the Jenny McCarthy-hosted reality show falling 27% from its debut last year. Still, NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. Read More »

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NBC Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Saving Hope’, ‘Love In The Wild’ & ‘American Ninja Warrior’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC is firming up its summer plans, announcing premiere dates and slots for unscripted series Love In The Wild and G4′s American Ninja Warrior and Canadian drama import Saving Hope. Reality series Love In The Wild will open its second season hosted by Jenny McCarthy with a two-hour premiere from 8-10 PM on June 7, followed by the debut of Saving Hope. American Ninja Warrior, which will launch its season on G4 on Sunday, May 20, will debut on NBC the following night, May 21, from 9-11 PM. It will then begin its regular airing pattern on NBC with hourlong episodes in the Monday 9 PM slot, while also airing originals on G4. G4 will carry qualifying regional rounds that originate from six different areas within the U.S., while NBC will carry regional finals from each of the six regions, plus the finals from Las Vegas. In all, NBC will carry 9 episodes of American Ninja Warrior. Love In The Wild was renewed for a second season after a so-so freshman run, which drew an average of 1.8/5 share in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers last summer. Saving Hope is a medical drama starring Erica Durance, Michael Shanks and Daniel Gillies. NBC has already announced a premiere date for its summer staple, America’s Got Talent, which debuts on May 14 with new judge Howard Stern. It will air Mondays 8-9 PM, leading into American Ninja Warrior, and Tuesdays … Read More »

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NBC Renews Summer Reality Series ‘Love In The Wild’ For Second Season

By | Thursday October 20, 2011 @ 1:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has renewed Love In The Wild for a second season, the first new broadcast series that launched this past summer to get a second spin. The move is somewhat surprising given that the adventure-dating series, a cross between Survivor and Bachelor Pad, averaged a lackluster 1.8/5 in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers. But the ratings bar in the summer is pretty low. And I’ve heard that NBC brass liked the premise of the Endemol USA-produced show and felt that it could do better with a stronger cast. “The success of the relationships formed on the first season of this series is a testament to the unique format of this show,” NBC’s president of alternative Paul Telegdy said. “We look forward to an even more compelling season as the series will return with new format twists and a new set of contestants who will conquer the wild — or not — to find love.”  Love In The Wild, which will head to a new tropical location for Season 2, features single men and women who take part in challenges and quests while also looking for a mate.

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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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Nellie Andreeva

In the face of depressed August HUT levels, one more network, Fox, went into rerun mode on Thursdays following the end of So You Think You Can Dance. The decreased competition gave CBS’ Big Brother a boost: The veteran reality series was up 11% from last week. Despite being followed by drama repeats, Big Brother led CBS to No. 1 finish for the night in both adults 18-49 (2.0/6) and total viewers (7 million). NBC (1.7/5, 6.2 million), which featured an all-original lineup, was second, paced by America’s Got Talent (2.4/7), which was even with its fast nationals result from last week (down 4% from the final). Minute to Win It (1.2/4) and the finale of Love In the Wild (1.4/4) were both flat from last week. Fox aired repeats as did ABC, with the exception of Primetime Nightline (1.3/4), which also was even with last week.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Most Originals Inch Up

Nellie Andreeva

Reality series got a ratings bump across the board last night. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance Top 4 performance show (1.9/6 in 18-49) was up 6% from last week and gave Fox a nightly win in 18-49. CBS’ Big Brother (2.7/9) was up 8% and ranked as the top program of the night, leading CBS to a close second-place finish for the night in 18-49 (1.8/5) and a win in total viewers (6.7 million) despite featuring repeats in two of three hours of primetime. NBC’s Minute to Win It (1.2/4) was up 9% and Love In the Wild (1/5/4) was up 7%, while the show they flanked, veteran America’s Got Talent (2.4/7), was even with its fast national result last week, down a tenth from the final. (It is expected to rise again in the finals.) Univision had a strong night with the USA-Mexico soccer game, finishing tied with NBC for third place in 18-49 (1.7/5).

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Dance’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Drop

Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ Big Brother (2.5/8 in adults 18-49, 6.7 million) inched up 4% to rank as the highest-rated program last night. It buoyed CBS (1.7/5, 6.1 million) to No. 2 for the night in 18-49 despite being followed by repeats. Fox (1.8/5, 5.4 million) was No. 1 with two hours of So You Think You Can Dance‘s Top 6 performance show, which was down 14%. NBC (1.7/5, 6.1 million) was No. 1 in viewers but saw all of its series drop. Minute to Win It (1.1/4) was down 8%, America’s Got Talent (2.4/7) was down 14% to a season low, and Love In the Wild (1.4/4) was down 13% to a series low.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘Talent’ Steady, ‘Big Brother’ Slips

Nellie Andreeva

Fox won Wednesday night with the Top 8 performance show of So You Think You Can Dance (2.0/6), which featured Lady Gaga as a guest judge. Both SYTYCD and NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) were even with last week and will probably end up higher when the finals are released later today. Talent once gain ranked as the top-rated program of the night. It was flanked by Minute To Win It (1.1/4), which was down 15% vs. its most recent original two weeks ago, and new NBC reality series Love in the Wild (1.6/5), which was up 7% from last week. Meanwhile, CBS’ Big Brother (2.3/8) was down 12%.

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NBC’s Dating Series ‘Love In The Wild’ Gets Premiere Date

By | Friday April 15, 2011 @ 10:44am PDT

NBC’s new reality adventure-dating series Love In The Wild will premiere Wednesday, June 1 at 10 PM, the network said today. The series, produced by Endemol USA, was announced earlier this month as part of NBC’s summer schedule that includes fellow reality newcomers It’s Worth What? hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, and Still Standing. Wild places 10 men and 10 women in a Costa Rican jungle looking for love in an elimination format. It is hosted by Darren McMullen (Australia’s Minute To Win It).

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NBC Unveils Summer Schedule

Nellie Andreeva

NBC today announced a summer schedule featuring the return of summer staple America’s Got Talent,  the second season of Jerry Seinfeld’s The Marriage Ref, originally slated for midseason, as well as three new reality series: It’s Worth What? hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, Still Standing and Love in the Wild. The sixth season of Talent will premiere May 31, while The Marriage Ref, which will now have the featured couples in the studio, will debut June 26.

Additionally, NBC’s midseason competition series The Voice, which premieres April 26, will air through June, and Law & Order: Los Angeles, which returns with originals April 11, will also continue into June. NBC also will broadcast the final season premiere of the USA (and former NBC) series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. And the last season of another former NBC series, Friday Night Lights, will also continue airing Fridays well into the summer. “We want to make it clear that NBC considers the summer as an important part of its overall season and will continue to offer a varied lineup of original programs,” NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said. Here are description of NBC’s new summer series, whose premiere dates are TBD: Read More »

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