|[05/24/12 - 06:26 AM]
Summer 2011 in Review/Summer 2012 in Preview
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
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LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Last year the broadcast networks offered up 35 originals to combat its usual summer doldrums. The result: a half dozen or so posted numbers that would make them proud even during the regular season. This time around another 30 (and counting) are on tap at ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW. Will new franchises be born? Or will most live up to the usual afterthought label given to the coming months? Here's a recap of how last year's shows fared so you can throttle your expectations accordingly.
Plus, be sure to check out our complete list of summer premiere dates - both broadcast and cable.
ADULTS 18-49 RATING
4.25 - Voice, The (NBC)
3.33 - America's Got Talent - Tuesday (NBC)
3.04 - America's Got Talent - Wednesday (NBC)
2.80 - Big Brother - Thursday (CBS)
2.75 - Big Brother - Wednesday (CBS)
2.66 - Big Brother - Sunday (CBS)
2.60 - Hell's Kitchen - Tuesday (FOX)
2.59 - Hell's Kitchen - Monday (FOX)
2.34 - Bachelorette, The (ABC)
2.20 - So You Think You Can Dance - Thursday (FOX)
2.19 - MasterChef - Tuesday (FOX)
2.17 - MasterChef - Monday (FOX)
2.13 - So You Think You Can Dance - Wednesday (FOX)
2.10 - Bachelor Pad (ABC)
2.06 - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
1.98 - Wipeout - Thursday (ABC)
1.88 - Wipeout - Tuesday (ABC)
1.68 - 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
1.65 - Love in the Wild (NBC)
1.62 - Take the Money and Run (ABC)
1.57 - Expedition Impossible (ABC)
1.50 - Same Name (CBS)
1.34 - Dateline NBC - Friday (NBC)
1.34 - Rookie Blue (ABC)
1.30 - Law & Order: LA (NBC)
1.27 - Minute to Win It (NBC)
1.23 - America's Most Wanted (FOX)
1.22 - It's Worth What? (NBC)
1.22 - Nightline Prime (ABC)
1.20 - Cops (FOX)
1.16 - Flashpoint (CBS)
1.15 - 20/20 (ABC)
1.15 - In the Flow With Affion Crockett (FOX)
1.03 - Buried Treasure (FOX)
1.02 - Marriage Ref, The (NBC)
0.96 - Combat Hospital (ABC)
0.90 - Karaoke Battle USA (ABC)
0.82 - Dateline NBC - Sunday (NBC)
0.80 - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)
0.80 - Love Bites (NBC)
0.77 - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
0.70 - Friends With Benefits (NBC)
0.48 - Chaos (CBS)
TOTAL VIEWERS (IN MILLIONS)
12.27 - America's Got Talent - Tuesday (NBC)
12.11 - Voice, The (NBC)
11.45 - America's Got Talent - Wednesday (NBC)
7.78 - Bachelorette, The (ABC)
7.65 - Big Brother - Thursday (CBS)
7.46 - Big Brother - Sunday (CBS)
7.44 - Big Brother - Wednesday (CBS)
6.66 - Wipeout - Thursday (ABC)
6.59 - Bachelor Pad (ABC)
6.41 - So You Think You Can Dance - Wednesday (FOX)
6.39 - Flashpoint (CBS)
6.23 - So You Think You Can Dance - Thursday (FOX)
6.05 - Hell's Kitchen - Tuesday (FOX)
6.04 - Hell's Kitchen - Monday (FOX)
5.95 - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (ABC)
5.94 - Law & Order: LA (NBC)
5.91 - Wipeout - Tuesday (ABC)
5.38 - Dateline NBC - Friday (NBC)
5.28 - MasterChef - Tuesday (FOX)
5.28 - Expedition Impossible (ABC)
5.22 - Rookie Blue (ABC)
5.19 - MasterChef - Monday (FOX)
5.10 - Love in the Wild (NBC)
5.04 - Minute to Win It (NBC)
4.89 - 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
4.89 - Same Name (CBS)
4.85 - It's Worth What? (NBC)
4.35 - 20/20 (ABC)
4.32 - Nightline Prime (ABC)
4.25 - Dateline NBC - Sunday (NBC)
4.22 - Take the Money and Run (ABC)
4.15 - America's Most Wanted (FOX)
3.86 - Combat Hospital (ABC)
3.63 - Cops (FOX)
3.55 - Karaoke Battle USA (ABC)
3.47 - Buried Treasure (FOX)
3.26 - Chaos (CBS)
3.06 - Marriage Ref, The (NBC)
2.96 - Friday Night Lights (NBC)
2.52 - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC)
2.49 - Friends With Benefits (NBC)
2.40 - In the Flow With Affion Crockett (FOX)
2.09 - Love Bites (NBC)
Source: Nielsen Media Research (5/26/11-9/18/11, Live +SD Preliminary Fast National Data; original airings only)
|[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 10:19 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 10:01 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 10:00 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 09:55 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 09:52 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 09:51 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 09:49 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 09:35 AM]
Showtime(R) Creates Compelling New Destination for Music Documentaries on Showtime 2(TM)
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|[10/20/14 - 09:01 AM]
Daniel Cormier Joins "UFC Tonight" on FOX Sports 1
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|[10/20/14 - 08:49 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 08:33 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 08:32 AM]
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|[10/20/14 - 08:23 AM]
"Sunday Night Football" Delivers Its Best Overnight Rating Since the Sunday Season Premiere on September 7
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|[10/20/14 - 08:19 AM]
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