Five of the top six summer shows are reality TV; America’s Got Talent is leading but falling

This summer, reality TV is dominating in the ratings. Among 18- to 49-year-olds from June 26 to July 2, “Five of the week’s top six programs in adults 18-49 were unscripted” shows, according to Variety.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent is leading with the most viewers overall, pulling in 11 million the week of June 26. Still, it was down 17 percent from its first week, according to Variety.

Among total viewers, the next most popular shows are So You Think You Can Dance, with about , and then Hell’s Kitchen with 8 million viewers. Treasure Hunters pulled in 5.79 million viewers, but was easily beaten by Gordon Ramsay and crew.

‘Kitchen’ hot on Fox [Variety]

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Frankie on Big Brother

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Shark Tank

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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.