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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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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 an eighth season on NBC. Featuring auditions from all over the country, the two-hour show had levitation, a 10-year old with the voice of a blues veteran, snake handling, a booty dance and new judges Mel B and Heidi Klum debuting with Howard Stern and Howie Mandel. However, with all that and with The Voice as its lead-in for the first time, AGT was still down 16% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s Season 7 premiere on May 14, 2012. While AGT was the most watched and highest rated show of the night, Tuesday’s Season 8 debut was an all time premiere low for the show. Last night’s result was a tenth behind the previous low of the 3.2 that the show’s Season 4 debut garnered on June 23, 2009. Tuesday’s AGT did see a small rise in total viewership from last season’s debut, up 6% with 11.102 million watching. Back to an hour, The Voice (3.0/11) saw Team Blake lose a member as the contestants were trimmed down to five heading into the semi-finals. The 8 PM show slipped 6% from its live original at 9 PM last week to hit a Tuesday results … 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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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ & New ‘Toxic Office’ Get May Premiere Dates

The dancing is back and the employees will become the bosses on Fox this May. The network announced today that So You Think You Can Dance will return for its 10th season in a two-night premiere May 14-15. Fox also said its new reality series Toxic Office: Does Someone Have To Go? will debut on May 23, right after Hell’s Kitchen; it originally was set to debut May 15 but has been pushed back. SYTYCD will again feature host Cat Deeley and judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Guest judges this year will include Minnie Driver, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wayne Brady, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman. The six-episode Toxic Office will put staff from different businesses in charge of the workplace, forcing them to make tough decisions including who gets to stay and who has to go to make things work better. The series is produced by Endemol USA with Cris Abrego, Ben Samek, Rabih Gholam and Fernando Mills executive producers.

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Fox Sets Finale & Summer Premiere Dates

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has officially slotted new unscripted series Does Someone Have To Go, burn-off comedy The Goodwin Games, Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance and the fourth season of Masterchef. Additionally, the network has set the season-finale dates for its current series.

Related: Fox’s ‘Goodwin Games’ Gets May Premiere

Does Someone Have To Go, in which employees of troubled companies are given the opportunity to shake things up, including firing co-workers, will get a preview May 15 behind Part 1 of American Idol‘s finale before moving into its Thursday 8 PM slot May 23. Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance kicks off May 14, taking over Fox’s Tuesday primetime where the network has been airing a comedy block this season. Displaced comedies will relocate to Mondays beginning May 20, joined by The Goodwin Games, which will air its seven-episode order. Fox has slated repeats of New Girl, Raising Hope and The Mindy Project, giving the three shows very good odds at renewal. (Networks often don’t air repeats of cancelled series over the summer.) Masterchef returns May 22 with a two-hour premiere. The network is not saying what the cooking series will be paired with it afterward. As previously announced, Fox’s new alternative animated programming block will premiere July 27, airing in the Saturday 11 PM-12:30 AM slot. Here is a rundown of Fox’s season finale and summer premiere dates: Read More »

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Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed For 10th Season

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 10:02am PST

Fox announced today that So You Think You Can Dance is coming back for a 10th season. “I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing work that Nigel and the entire So You Think You Can Dance team has done over the past nine seasons. This show is truly one of the most compelling series on television and I can’t wait to bring it back for Season 10,” Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell said in a statement today. Created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, SYTYCD is produced by 19 Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Fuller, Lythgoe and Allen Shapiro. Fox also announced that the Emmy-winning SYTYCD would begin auditions for Season 10 in Austin on January 18. It will then move to Detroit on February 11, Boston on February 21, Memphis on March 14 and LA’s downtown Orpheum Theatre on March 22.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’ Gains, ‘Go On’ Holds, ‘Dance’ Finale Down From 2011

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Voice continues to post week-to-week rating increases. Last night, NBC’s singing competition (4.5/14 in adults 18-49 from 8-9 PM) shot up 15% from its fast national last Tuesday after also posting Week 2 gains with its Monday edition. New comedy Go On (3.3/9) held steady, down a tenth from its time-slot premiere last week. Fellow newbie The New Normal (2.2/6) dropped 12% and appears more vulnerable as NBC’s Tuesday lineup enjoyed its last outing with little competition to bag another Tuesday win among adults 18-49. (CBS edged it in total viewers with drama repeats.) Parenthood (1.8/5) slipped a tenth from its so-so season premiere last week.

The finale of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.6/5) was up a tenth from last week but down 25% from its season finale last year, which aired in August. ABC’s two-hour 20/20 special Best In TV: The Greatest TV Shows Of Our Time drew a 1.6/4 from 9-11 PM.

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TalentWorks Signs ‘SYTYCD’s Mary Murphy

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 2:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy has signed with TalentWorks for theatrical and reality representation. Murphy has been on the hit Fox reality dance competition for most of its nine seasons. A former world-champion ballroom dancer, she continues to judge at major ballroom competitions in addition to guest-judging on international SYTYCD shows; runs her own academy in San Diego; and created Mary’s Chance to Dance Program, a nonprofit organization that encourages schools to offer dance as a regular part of their curriculum. Murphy will be repped by Harry Gold at TalentWorks and continues to be managed by Jeff Golenberg at The Collective.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC Wins Wednesday Republican Convention Coverage, ‘Big Brother’ Hits A High, ‘SYTYCD’ & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up

Republicans and reality dominated television last night. Vice-Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was the star speaker at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday and, as they had on Tuesday, ABC, NBC and CBS all aired an hour of the convention live from Tampa, Florida.  NBC won the ratings vote, with a 1.3/4. For the second night in a row, the network also pulled in the most total viewers to its convention coverage with 4.517 million watching. The coverage that both NBC and CBS, who got a 0.6/2 rating and 2.840 million total viewers, had last night could not be compared to that they gave the GOP convention on the comparative night back in 2008 because that coverage ran without commercials and was sustained by Nielsen. With a 0.7/2 rating and 2.602 million viewers total, ABC, who did run commercials four years ago, saw its coverage free fall 61% from the comparative September 3 night at the 2008 GOP Convention.  NBC won the night among Adults 18-49 and, with 6.485 million watching, total viewers. With the live convention coverage, as well as local football pre-emptions in some markets on ABC, CBS and NBC and weather coverage down in the Gulf Coast area, Tuesday’s Fast Affiliate Ratings are likely to change later today.

On CBS, Big Brother (2.3/7) was up 10% from last week. With 6.71 million total viewers, the multi-night reality series hit a Wednesday night viewer high … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Falls, ‘N.Y. Med’ Finale & ‘America’s Got Talent’ Flat, ‘Big Brother’ Slips

It’s now down to the final weeks on season nine of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.5/5). And, with less than a month to go before this season’s winners are crowned, Wednesday night’s two-hour live show was down 17% from last week’s return from Olympic hiatus. Like SYTYCD, there were contestants cut last night on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (2.3/7) but unlike the down dance show, yesterday’s Talent was flat with last week. NBC won the night among Adults 18-49 and in terms of total viewers. Big Brother (2.0/7) started primetime for CBS. The reality show took a slight tumble, falling 5% from last week’s broadcast. Other than those three shows, the only other things new on TV last night was the finale of N.Y. Med (1.0/3) and the CW’s Oh Sit! (0.4/1) Part two of the two-night end of the eight-part ABC docudrama was flat with Tuesday night’s show. The second Wednesday night episode of the CW series was down 5% from last week’s premiere. Other than the N.Y. Med finale, ABC had all repeats on Wednesday with The Middle (1.1/4), Suburgatory at 8:30 PM (0.9/3), Modern Family (1.2/4) and another Suburgatory at 9:30 PM (1.0/3). After the new Big Brother, CBS had repeats of Criminal Minds (1.3/4) and CSI (1.1/3). NBC ran an encore of America’s Got Talent (1.5/5) at 8 PM before last night’s new episode of the … Read More »

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Ovation Dance Stars To Judge ‘So You Think You Can Dance’: TCA

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 11:54am PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

The two stars of Ovation’s new dance competition series A Chance To Dance, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, will soon appear as judges on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Nunn said this morning at TCAs.

The crossover is not unexpected. At a TCA panel this morning on the new dance show, Nunn and Trevitt appeared alongside the show’s producers, the father-son team of Nigel and Simon Lythgoe (producers of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance). It premieres Aug. 17 as one of two new original programming series for Ovation. The other is Johnny Cash: Song By Song, premiering Oct. 7.

The show follows Nunn and Trevitt, two former Royal Ballet dancers who have reinvented themselves as “The Ballet Boyz”, as they audition, select and train an American ballet company in 28 days. Nunn said that their appearance on So You Think You Can Dance will take place “in a few weeks time” and in the meantime the dancers are catching up the series online. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Slips, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Up, ‘Big Brother’ Hits Season Low

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 2:20pm PDT

So You Think You Can Dance RatingsThere were no premieres or finales Wednesday night but there was a lot of live action. With Christina Applegate joining as guest judge, Fox had a live two-hour So You Think You Can Dance (1.7/5) at 8 PM. SYTYCD, which will be on hiatus for the next two weeks for the Olympics, was down 6% from last week. Over on NBC, where the London Games will be broadcast starting Friday, America’s Got Talent (2.2/6) was live at 9 PM. Talent was up 10% from last week as the series moved toward its semifinals. CBS started the night at 8 PM with a Big Brother (1.9/7). The multi-night show was down 5% from last Wednesday for a season low.Earlier, CBS had Criminal Minds (1.1/3) and CSI (1.2/4) repeats. Fox won the night in adults 18-49, NBC in total viewers with 6.095 million. Read More »

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CORE Media Acquires Sharp Entertainment

Nellie Andreeva

Core Media Group Sharp EntertainmentCORE Media Group (formerly CKx), the umbrella company whose portfolio includes reality series American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has acquired Sharp Entertainment, Matt Sharp’s New York-based reality television production company behind such programs as the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food, TLC’S Extreme Couponing, National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers and Animal Planet’s Call Of The Wildman. This marks the first acquisition for CORE under new president Marc Graboff, who said in May that he plans to grow the company through strategic purchases. “This announcement is another step in our efforts to expand the breadth of our content offerings and align CORE with some of the industry’s most talented and innovative producers,” Graboff said of Sharp’s acquisition today. CORE also has been among the companies looking at buying Dick Clark Prods. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Falls To Season Low, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Down

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 9:16am PDT

America's Got Talent RatingsBig Brother (1.9/7) kicked off CBS’ primetime last night with its first Wednesday episode of the season. But the multi-night reality show was down 30% from last summer’s Wednesday premiere. On NBC, it was results night on a live America’s Got Talent (1.9/6), and the show slipped 5% from last week to hit a seaosn low. Still, with more than 7.5 million viewers, Talent was Wednesday’s most watched show. Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (1.8/6) had more of this year’s Top 20 strutting their stuff, but the show fell 10% from last week. Fox won the night in adults 18-49, while CBS won in total viewers with 5.4 million. Read More »

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