Nashville Star up 214 percent but down for NBC; The Mole loses 16 percent of its viewers

Reality TV isn’t doing too well on Monday nights, getting trounced by repeats–repeats!–of shitty shows like CSI: Miami and Two and a Half Men.

Nashville Star‘s move to NBC for its sixth season was good news for the show and bad news for NBC. That’s because its 6.6 million viewers made it “the network’s lowest-rated reality premiere in three years,” even though it had a 214 percent increase over its fifth-season debut on USA Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, ABC’s return of The Mole is not doing so well. After debuting with 4.73 million viewers last week, it lost 16 percent of its viewers. By comparison, its 3.97 million viewers were trounced by a repeat of CSI: Miami, which was watched by 8.61 million people, according to TV By the Numbers.

The show that precedes The Mole on ABC, The Bachelorette 4, drew 6.39 million viewers, although “the second hour averaged a million more viewers and half an 18-49 ratings point better than the first,” TV By the Numbers says.

‘Nashville Star’ has modest debut [Hollywood Reporter]
Nielsen Ratings June 9, 2008: Scripted Repeats Beat New Summer Reality [TV By the Numbers]

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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.