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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Premieres to 1.3 Million Viewers

The rebooted “America’s Next Top Model” premiered Monday to nearly 1.3 million viewers.

Over two airings, Monday night’s premiere drew 1.7 million total viewers. The 1.3 million who tuned in for the first airing put the premiere on par with the finale for the final season of the unscripted franchise’s previous incarnation on the CW. However, the “Next Top Model” debut was well below that of VH1’s most recent unscripted launch, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” which drew 1.7 million viewers in November for its its initial airing and 2.3 million across two airings on premiere night.

“America’s Next Top Model” wrapped its initial run on the CW last December, drawing 1.2 million viewers for its finale. The series aired for 12 years and 22 seasons on the CW and its predecessor, UPN. The CW announced in October, 2015, that the 22nd season would be its last.

In February, VH1 announced that it would revive the series with original host and co-creator Tyra Banks serving as executive producer. The new incarnation is hosted by Rita Ora with Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach serving as judges. It is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company, and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Ken Mok, Banks, Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson are executive producers.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Monday night’s episode drew more viewers than any “America’s Next Top Model” premiere in five years. That statement was incorrect and was based on the 1.7 million viewers who watched Monday night across two airings — not the 1.3 million who watched the premiere airing. A VH1 spokesperson misrepresented the Nielsen data to Variety.


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