Weekly TV Ratings: EXTANT Drops Low, Caitlyn Jenner Boosts ESPYs, and More

     July 17, 2015

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The weekly TV ratings for Friday, July 10th through Thursday, July 16th are in; here are some of the highlights:

  • Let’s start with some good news: Following Donald Trump‘s ignorant ramblings, the Miss USA pageant was shuffled off from NBC and headed to Reelz, where it caught 0.2 in the demo, as compared to last year’s 1.4 when the pageant was still on NBC.
  • Even better news: Discovery Channel hit a 28-year high in its target demos for Shark Week 2015, which ended on Sunday, July 12th with a 1.46 in the demos for primetime. It also proved to be the second-best-performing Shark Week on record, closely trailing 2013’s week of carnivorous fish.
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    ABC held onto Monday with The Bachelorette, down from last week’s 2.0 to nab a 1.9 in the demos, with American Ninja Warrior on NBC ultimately scoring a 1.8 in the demos. Meanwhile, The Whispers saw a slight uptick to snag a 0.9 and So You Think You Can Dance on CBS kept steady at 1.0 in the key demographics.

  • Fox won Tuesday night with a muscular 3.1 in the key demos for the MLB All-Star Game, leaving NBC’s usual Tuesday-night titan America’s Got Talent‘s 2.4 in the dust. On CBS, James Patterson‘s Zoo saw a small tumble from last week’s 1.2 to a solid 1.0, while Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, held strong at 1.5 to match last week’s numbers.
  • ABC’s unexpected dominance on Wednesday is almost entirely due to the fact that Caitlyn Jenner‘s appearance at the ESPY Awards, where she gave a largely uplifting speech about her career and recent fame after receiving the award. The ceremony saw a sharp spike from last year’s 1.1 in the key demos to a 2.2 Wednesday night, and this morning has already been littered with reactions, most prominently from director-actor Peter Berg, the man who makes Michael Bay look subtle.
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    Elsewhere on Wednesday, Extant copped a series low at 0.6 on CBS, against Bullseye‘s 0.8, down a tenth from last week on the FOX program. Big Brother also saw a small dip from 2.0 to 1.9 this week in the key demos, as did FOX’s MasterChef, which fell from last week’s 1.7 to this week’s 1.4.

  • Finally, last night was not a good night for scripted original programming. Both FOX’s Wayward Pines and CBS’s Under the Dome hit series lows, each grabbing 0.9 in the key demos. ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club won the night in terms of non-reality programming, showing a slight uptick with a 1.0 in the demos, while Mistresses and Rookie Blue remained flat at 0.8 and 0.7 respectively.
  • Reality-based programs faired far better, with Big Brother clocking a 2.0, up a tenth from last week’s 1.9, and NBC’s Food Fighters kept up strong at 0.9, matching last weeks numbers. FOX’s Boom! also held strong, matching last week’s 0.7.
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