It's time to clear out the summer ratings notebook, one week prior to the start of Variety's annual night-by-night fall analysis series.
A pair of programs with gangbuster premieres performed like mere mortals when they opposed each other in their second outings Wednesday night.
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.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Daily:$7.6M Cumulative:$79.8M Paramount Pictures 13.49%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$6.6M Cumulative:$188.5M Disney 23.68%
Into the Storm
Into the Storm3Daily:$2.1M Cumulative:$21.1M Warner Brothers / New Line 21.06%
"American Idol" is making a big difference for Fox this summer, leading the net to a record-setting third straight weekly victory among young adults.
It's been a fairly hot start to summer for many of the unscripted programs to air, but repeats of some dramas and sitcoms are dragging the networks down in the ratings.
It took only 30 minutes for Fox's latest reality series, "30 Seconds to Fame," to look like a hit, but the ratings news wasn't quite as good for the net's other Wednesday premiere, reality/comedy…
Fox's "American Idol" is picking up ratings steam as it approaches the halfway point of its summerlong competition.
Boosted by the summer's hottest reality series, Fox and NBC tied for the primetime lead last week in key demos, while CBS was again the most-watched network.
In the business of television, there's no payout window for a statistic like median age, but it's an interesting measuring stick nonetheless.
CBS reality series "Big Brother 3" got off to a strong start Wednesday, giving it a solid shot at joining Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "Dog Eat Dog" as one of the summer's big success stories.