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18-49 rating highest of any reality series this summer

NBC’s “Meet My Folks” is the latest unscripted series this summer to bow with boffo numbers as Monday’s preview episode took advantage of a strong lead-in to dominate its time period in key demos.

The reality/dating skein, airing behind the net’s successful summer series “Dog Eat Dog,” averaged a 5.5/16 in adults 18-49 and a 6.1/19 in 18-34 from 10 to 11 p.m., besting its combined ABC-CBS competish, according to Nielsen. It also led in total viewers, averaging 10.96 million.

The 18-49 rating for “Folks” is the highest for any episode of any reality series this summer and the best for any series — on any network — since the May 30 episode of CBS drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

“Folks” moves tonight to its regular Wednesday-at-8 slot, where it will go head to head with Fox’s unscripted combo of “30 Seconds to Fame” and “Meet the Marks.”

It was a big night overall for NBC as “Dog Eat Dog” dug up its best numbers yet (11.30m, 5.1/14 in 18-49) and the net’s 8 p.m. show, “Fear Factor,” posted its best repeat numbers of the summer (9.73m, 4.1/14). “Fear” has led its hour in the demo for 18 straight weeks.

The Peacock topped second-place CBS for the night by 5 shares in adults 18-49 (4.9/15 vs. 3.3/10) and by a whopping 10 shares in adults 18-34 (5.3/17 vs. 2.1/7). Net also led in overall audience (10.7 million).

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