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.
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 …
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.
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).
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: