American Gladiators, How to Look Good Naked draw big numbers for their debuts

American Gladiators scored well for NBC during its two-episode debut on Sunday night, drawing 12 million viewers. That’s “the highest 18-49 rating for any new-show premiere on any network this season, and NBC’s top 18-49 rating for a new-show debut since ‘Heroes,’” according to the network.

Variety reports that the series “grew from its first half-hour (5.5 rating in the 18-49 demo) to its final half-hour (6.1). And while it was especially strong among men (6.9 rating in 18-49); it also did a 4.9 among women.”

Meanwhile, another new show set a record with its debut. Carson Kressley’s How to Look Good Naked debuted on Lifetime Friday night, and became the highest-rated unscripted series debut in Lifetime’s history. Overall, 1.6 million people watched, while 868,000 of those were age 18 to 49 and 449,000 were 18 to 34, Variety reports.

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