Paula Abdul Lands ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judge Gig In Australia

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 7:57am PDT

Little more than a month after her final appearance as guest judge/international edition judge-in-training on Fox‘s summer competition series So You Think You Can Dance, Paula Abdul was announced as a judge on the Australian version of the series starting in 2014. Abdul will be head judge on the show. Last July, in the reality-TV equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, the American version of So You Think You Can Dance cast Abdul as guest judge. Dance‘s overall audience was then down about 27% compared to the previous summer. Abdul, meanwhile, was a resident judge for eight seasons on American Idol back when it was the country’s most popular series by a wide margin. She left the show in a contract-renewal dispute, which, at the time, we all thought was a pretty dumb move but which now looks less stupid because she can say she was involved with the singing competition during its cultural-phenom years instead of the penny ante-stuff it has become. Abdul also was a judge/mentor on the first season of The X Factor, when it brought in about half the crowd creator Simon Cowell had boasted it would average — and numbers X Factor would kill for now. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Hits Finale Low, ‘Million Second Quiz’ Down As NBC Wins Night

There was no NFL but there was a lot of live TV last night. And not just President Barack Obama’s 15-minute Syria speech that the networks cut to at 9 PM ET. Over on Fox, it was the Season 10 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/4) from 8-10:30 PM. Interrupted by Obama, the live show saw Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy joined by guest judges Paula Abdul, Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman and tWitch Boss. It also saw Lythgoe announce on air that SYTYCD will be back for an 11th season and a male and female winner selected. In a season of ratings ups and downs, this year’s finale was down 13% from Season 9’s ender on September 19, 2012, a finale low for the veteran dance show. SYTYCD’s previous finale low was last year, when the show faced off against Week 2 of NBC’s The Voice. Despite the new low, last night’s show was even with its September 3 airing and saw a small 2% rise in viewership to 4.3 million. Because of Obama’s speech, ratings results after 9 PM ET will likely see even greater adjustments than usual in the final numbers later today.

Meanwhile, the second night of NBC’s The Million Second Quiz (1.5/5) saw the 8 PM ET live game show raise the stakes monetarily, some changes on Winner’s Row and that faltering app of theirs function significantly better than on Night 1. Still, the Ryan Seacrest-hosted show took a downward turn, falling 12% from its September 9 debut. 

Related: Seacrest Crosses Fingers As ‘Quiz’ Returns After Epic App Crash Read More »

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed For 11th Season

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:49pm PDT

Fox confirms what Nigel Lythgoe revealed during the dance competition’s live season finale: The network has greenlighted an 11th go-round for So You Think You Can Dance. Last week’s final performance show drew a 1.3/4 … Read More »

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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: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Takes Another Tuesday

NBC took Tuesday with America’s Got Talent, coming in 69% ahead of the night’s No. 2-ranked telecast, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Dance climbed 8% compared to last week in the demo (1.3 rating) and 5% in viewers (4 million). Talent was flat in the demo (2.2 rating) to tie its lowest Tuesday telecast on record, but up a tick in viewers (8.531 million). Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘Talent’ Tops

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 8:55am PDT

NBC took Tuesday primetime in the demo (1.9) and total viewers (6.9 million). That’s mostly thanks to America’s Got Talent (2.4 rating, 8.5 million viewers overall) which was the night’s No. … 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 Read More »

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TCA: Nigel Lythgoe Admits “Personality Wins Over Technique” On ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Nigel Lythgoe, ousted in June as an EP of American Idol, did not offer comment about that show during this morning’s TCA panel on So You Think You Can Dance, where Lythgoe serves as a judge.

But at the panel (held on the SYTYCD stage at CBS Television City) he did offer a friendly dig at the dance competition’s network, Fox. Joining the other producers in talking about the longevity of the show, now in its 10th season, Lythgoe dryly lauded the dance show for “providing Fox with over half of its Emmy nominations this year.” (SYTYCD got 7, including a host nom for Cat Deeley).

Related: Fox Taps Executive Producer Of Swedish ‘Idol’ As New ‘American Idol’ EP; Nigel Lythgoe Says “It Has Been A Great Ride”

Lythgoe was also asked to comment on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars‘ plan to reduce its competition shows from two nights to one. “I didn’t know of that,” he said but called it “a shame” that the actual dancing and the announcement of who’s getting axed will now necessarily be on the same program.

“I won’t lie to you. I hate doing the results,” Lythgoe said. He said fans didn’t like hearing the bad news before the dancing on SYTCD so they moved their own announcements to the end of the show. “It’s horrible,” Lythgoe said, adding of DWTS: “I don’t know why they’ve gone to once a week, but I think it’s a shame.”

Related: Even ‘American Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe Gets Weary of Product Placement

Lythgoe was also blunt about what makes a winner on SYTCD: personality, not dance technique. “We are an entertainment show. Dance is a very niche market,” he said. “We need to bring as many people to the party as possible.” Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Night With ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even, ‘Capture’ Debuts Steady

It’s hard to tell what was more effusive on America’s Got Talent (2.7/8) last night – Howard Stern’s praise for back-flipping shirtless sword swallower Alexandr Magala or host Nick Cannon’s outfit. What is certain is that the two-hour live semifinals show from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall delivered the night to NBC. America’s Got Talent was Tuesday’s highest-rated and most-watched show (9.66 million viewers), dipping just 4% from its July 23 episode, which was the season’s first live show. The network won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers with 7.642 million watching.

On Fox, they were pitch perfect on So You Think You Can Dance (1.4/5). Starting at 8 PM, that live two-hour show saw actress Anna Kendrick join Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe as guest judge as the Top 12 contestants strutted their stuff. In the 9 PM hour, where AGT and SYTYCD went head-to-head, the NBC show pulled in a 2.6 compared with the dance competition’s 1.4. Still, the night’s second-highest-rated show remained even with last week. Extreme Weight Loss (1.1/4) was also even with its July 23 episode. 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 Read More »

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Turns to Paula Abdul For Ratings Jolt

In the reality-TV equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, So You Think You Can Dance has cast Paula Abdul as guest judge tomorrow night. Dance‘s overall audience is down about 27% this summer, compared to last. Abdul, meanwhile, was … 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 … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ & ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Rise

The NBA and NHL playoffs are over and The Voice has wrapped for the season, but the network reality battles were in full flight last night. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.6/5) had its first live show of the summer season. With the Top 20 dancers making their moves and Wayne Brady joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judges’ table, the two-hour show rose 14% from last week. That wasn’t the only double-digit rise for SYTYCD — the show was up 16% in viewers to 4.4 million. After being off for three weeks because of the NBA Finals, Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/4) packed on some ratings pounds in its return. Tied with its May 28 premiere for a season high, the two-hour show was up 20% from its June 4 show. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBA Finals Game 3 Down, ‘The Voice’ Hits All-Time Low, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Steady

Between basketball and the reality shows there was a lot of competition on TV on Tuesday — literally and figuratively. With 11.95 million watching, the San Antonio Spurs thrashed the Miami Heat 113-77 last night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals with the third-largest margin of victory in Finals history. But ABC still took a tumble: Tuesday’s 9-11:45 PM ET game posted a 10.0 overnight rating, down from the 10.4 result of last year’s Game 3, when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 17. Meanwhile, the live one-hour semifinal results show of NBC’s The Voice (2.7/9) also wobbled last night, falling 13% from its June 4 episode to hit an all-time low for the show excluding recaps.

Last night’s Heat-Spurs game hit a 37.5 local market rating in San Antonio, marking the best local rating of the 2013 NBA Finals so far; the game drew a 28.4 in the Miami market. The series is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating so far, down from the 11.3 last year’s series had at this point. In primetime fast nationals, the NBA Finals Game 3 (4.9/14) was down 14% from last year’s Game 3 between the Heat and Thunder. Typical of live events, expect adjustments in the final numbers later today. The Spurs lead the series 2-1, with the next game Thursday.

Before the game, ABC aired Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night (2.4/8) and NBA Countdown (2.3/7). In fast nationals, the former was up 26% against the comparable night last year while the latter was down 12%. In overnight ratings, though, Countdown was up 46% from the comparable night during last year’s Finals with a 3.8 vs. 2012’s 2.6. ABC won the night in adults 18-49, with NBC tops in viewers.  Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Hits Premiere Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down, ‘Voice’ Falls To New Low

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 8:49am PDT

It was reality Tuesday on TV last night where everything original was unscripted. Back on Tuesdays after debuting on a Monday last season, America’s Got Talent (3.1/9) returned at 9 PM for … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Body Of Proof’ Finale Down, ‘Brooklyn D.A.’ Debuts Low, ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

Tuesday’s primetime television brought more reality, a couple of summer premieres and one series finale. Extreme Weight Loss (1.2/3) kicked off the night on ABC. Back for a third season, the two-hour reality show saw twins desperate to lose the pounds that had plagued them for years. Down 20% from last year’s premiere on June 3, the debut was the series’ lowest yetFollowing that, it was the season and series finale of the now-cancelled Body Of Proof (1.2/3). The drama slid 14% from it last original May 14 to tie a series low and fell a whooping 37% from its Season 2 finale on April 10. 

Related: ABC’s Paul Lee On ‘Happy Endings’ & ‘Body of Proof’ Cancellations

NBC began its double shot of The Voice last night with a one-hour special recap (1.7/5) of the final eight performers. Then it was the one-hour live elimination show (3.0/8), which featured a performance from Sheryl Crow with judge Blake Shelton’s team and two contestants from judge Adam Levine’s team sent home. While the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night, Tuesday’s Voice dipped 6% from its May 21 episode to hit a new Tuesday series low. We can expect an adjustment in the final ratings later today. NBC ended its night with an encore of The Office (1.0/3) finale.

CBS won the night in total viewers, with NBC taking No. 1 spot in adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finale Lowest Ever, ‘The Voice’ Hits New Low, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Even

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 9:02am PDT

The second-to-last night of the season featured the Season 16 finale of Dancing With The Stars (2.6/7). In the first finale with four remaining contestants, it came down to former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, Disney star Zendaya, Olympian Aly Raisman and the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones. Musical performances came from rapper Pitbull, Psy and former contestant Wynonna Judd. The two-hour live results show was up 44% from last week, but it was the lowest-rated finale for DWTS ever, down 13% from the last cycle ender on November 27, 2012 and down 21% from its last spring finale May 22. The show was the second-highest-rated of the night behind The Voice but the most-watched by far with 14.96 million viewers. With a live show like this, expect an adjustment later in the day when final numbers come in.

Ahead of the season premiere of The Bachelorette on May 27, a special one-hour recap of the funniest moments from The Bachelor (1.2/4) aired before DWTS last night. ABC won the night in total viewers, with NBC topping adults 18-49. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Steps It Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘CSI’ Finale Down, ‘Supernatural’ Finale & ‘Nashville’ Up

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 9:09am PDT

It was Nigel Lythgoe night on Fox on Wednesday with back-to-back competition shows produced by the former choreographer. Almost to the finish line, it was the season’s last performance night for American Idol (2.9/10). Finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison sang three songs each on the one-hour live show from LA’s Nokia Theatre. The most-watched show of the night with 11.57 million viewers, Idol was even with the final numbers of last week’s two-hour show but up 12% in the 8-9 PM hour. As is common with live shows, those results could be adjusted in the final numbers later today. Tonight’s finale will see a few surprises aside from declaring a winner, including performances of new tunes from judges Mariah Carey — with Randy Jackson on bass — and Keith Urban.

The second night of the two-part premiere of Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance (2.3/6) headed to Detroit for the first time for the next round of auditions, with Season 4’s tWitch joining the judges panel, SYTYCD benefited from its Idol lead-in with a 21% jump over Tuesday’s premiere. It also saw viewership leap 39% to 7.11 million. On a night that saw the NBA Playoffs on TNT, Fox was tops in both viewers and adults 18-49 among the broadcast networks. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Debuts Down, ‘NCIS’ Finale Down, ‘The Voice’ Dips, ‘Wipeout’ Hits Series Low

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

There were a lot of moves on television last night and not just the five finales inprimetime. So You Think You Can Dance (1.9/6) was back for a 10th season with a first-time May sweep debut. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were joined by guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family as LA hopefuls auditioned and angled for a ticket to Las Vegas. The premiere stumbled 14% from last season’s debut on April 24, 2012 but was up 19% from Season 9’s finale on September 18. The other dance show of the night, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (1.8/5), was up 6% from its results show from last week and was the third-most-watched show of the night with 11.59 million viewers.  Back on Fox, the season finales of comedies New Girl (2.1/6) and The Mindy Project (1.3/4) followed. The second-season ender of the Zooey Deschanel starrer was even with its May 7 show but down 25% from its May 8, 2012 Season 1 finale. The freshman finale of Mindy was also even with last week’s show. Over on ABC and moved to Tuesday, Wipeout (1.1/4) saw the second week of its latest season fall 15% from its May 9 premiere and tie a series low. At 10 PM, Body Of Proof (1.4/4) was even with last week’s show.

NCIS  (3.2/10) wrapped its 10th season Tuesday. The night’s most watched show with 18.16 million viewers was up a scant 3% from last week, and the powerhouse procedural was down 11% from last season’s finale. NCIS: LA (2.5/7) had a similar but slightly more exaggerated result: The spinoff was up 4% from its May 7 episode but fell 17% from its two-hour Season 3 finale last year on May 15, 2012. The now-cancelled Golden Boy (1.2/4) ended its tractionless freshman season, with a ratings drop and the loss of more than 6 million viewers from its lead-in summing up the police drama’s problems. The fact that last night’s show was flat with its May 7 airing to tie a Tuesday broadcast low does too. CBS won the night in total viewers with 12.870 million, while NBC took the top spot in adults 18-49. Read More »

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