America’s Got Talent 2 is the week’s top-rated show; Hell’s Kitchen beaten by a sit-com repeat

With summer officially here, viewers have fled, leaving “tepid ratings” behind, the AP reports. That explains why NBC was actually in first place last week: America’s Got Talent 2 was last week’s top-rated show, as 12.51 million people watched.

Among the other top-10 shows, only one is a reality show: So You Think You Can Dance, which was watched by 9.17 million people. ABC’s “highest-rated show for the week” was The Next Best Thing, which came in 27th, the AP reports.

As an example of how sad summer viewership is, on Monday night, Hell’s Kitchen 3 won the night for FOX among viewers ages 18 to 49, Variety reports–but there are far less of them than there are of old people. Thus, with 7.2 million viewers, Gordon Ramsay’s show was easily crushed in overall viewers by a repeat of Two and a Half Men, which was watched by 9 million people. A repeat! Of a crappy comedy!

Ratings: NBC Gets Real but CBS Tops Week [AP]
‘Kitchen’ on fire with audiences [Variety]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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