Summer TV Shows Record Weaker Numbers, 'Talent' In The Lead

Summer TV broadcast network viewing continues to show lackluster results versus a year ago.

Of the 26 returning TV broadcast networks shows airing so far this period -- through seven weeks -- only four have shown growth versus a year ago in terms of Nielsen measured viewers.

NBC has the top two leading shows: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday edition), at a 9.8 million viewer season-to-date number, according to Nielsen's live plus same-day metric. The longtime summer reality competition show is down 14% versus a year ago.

This is well above what NBC’s “Bring The Funny,” a new comedy competition series, has been earning: 6 million viewers this summer.

ABC has the next three top summer efforts: “Celebrity Family Feud” (5.32 million), “The Bachelorette” (5.25 million) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (4.69 million).



NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” follows at 4.65 million -- good for sixth place.

CBS’ two returning major summer-reality efforts are next: “The Amazing Race” (4.5 million) and “Big Brother,” Wednesday edition (4.5 million). NBC’s new music effort, “Songland,” is in ninth place -- 4.41 million, with ABC’s new “Holey Moley” completing the top 10 at 4.38 million.

Four shows exhibiting improvement over a year ago include: ABC’s “To Tell The Truth” up 1.5% to 3.94 million and CBS’ drama “Whistleblower” up a massive 36.7% to 3.6 million. Fox’s “Beat Shazam” added 10% to 2.45 million, while “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” up 5.3% to 2.2 million.

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