Biggest Loser 3 now casting; current season performing well in the ratings

Tuesday’s episode of The Biggest Loser 2 was NBC’s most-watched show in its timeslot in almost a year. The episode was watched by 10.15 million viewers, earning “the net’s best scores in the 8 o’clock hour in 10 months and closing the demo gap with CBS’ strong ‘NCIS’,” as Variety reports.

Perhaps as a result of the strong ratings, the network is apparently renewing the series. First, NBC is continuing to cast for families “who want to tackle their weightloss goals as a team.” That’s clearly for the one-off spin-off series, which has yet to air.

But they’re also looking for Biggest Loser 3 candidates. The show’s web site offers the chance to apply for a third season, saying, “The biggest phenomenon in reality television is back!”

Oh, the hysterical pun. Biggest! Get it? Ha! Big! Because they’re fat! Fat people! Who are big! Hi-oh!

Webs divvy up Tuesday wealth [Variety]
Apply now to be on the next The Biggest Loser! [NBC]

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.