ABC’s High School Musical competition debuts with low ratings, Big Brother down 10 percent

Last night, ABC debuted a reality TV version of its excessively successful High School Musical franchise, but High School Musical: Get in the Picture debuted to the second-lowest premiere numbers of the summer.

While 5.5 million viewers watched its lead-in, America’s Funniest Home Videos, just 4 million people watched the reality show, which airs its second episode tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Variety doesn’t give details, but reports that High School Musical “did well enough among kids but didn’t bring in enough of their parents.”

In the same hour, Big Brother 10 beat ABC’s show and won the hour, but “lost about 10% of its viewers and demo adults from last week,” according to TV By the Numbers. Only 5.77 million viewers watched, down about half a million from last Sunday’s debut.

Weak bow for ‘Musical’ series [Variety]
Nielsen Ratings Sunday, July 20: No One in High School Musical’s Picture [TV By the Numbers]

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