The 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.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Love In The Wild’ Finale & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Flat, ‘Trust Us With Your Life’ Falls
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘MasterChef’, ‘Love In The Wild’ Up, ‘Talent’ Down, ‘Wipeout’ Falls To Low
Fox 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.
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).
RATINGS RAT RACE: Olympic Trials Go For Gold, ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Love In The Wild’ & ‘MasterChef’ Up
It 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.
The 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.
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Up Again, ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Love in the Wild’ Premiere Down
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: