Top Game, Reality Shows Climb In Viewership This Summer Vs. Losses A Year Ago

Five top summer game and reality TV broadcast shows are posting viewing gains versus a year ago, when the none of the top 12 summer broadcast network shows saw improvements -- losing anywhere from 4% to 21% of their viewership.

The results are partly due to ongoing spillover from continued higher stay-at-home viewing due to COVID-19, according to analysts. 

Four top returning game shows -- and one reality competition series -- are seeing rising viewership through six weeks of the summer period.

Those shows include ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” which is 2.3% higher to a Nielsen-measured 5.3 million viewers, NBC’s “World of Dance,” 17% higher to 4.3 million; ABC’s “Holey Moley," climbing 25% to 4.0 million; ABC’s “To Tell The Truth,” inching up 0.4% to 3.5 million, and ABC’s “Match Game,” growing 15% to 3.3 million.



The top summer show remains NBC’s long-time “America’s Got Talent,” with 8.8 million viewers, down 7% from a year ago.

Other summer shows that have declined include NBC’s “The Titan Games,” down 23% to 3.8 million; ABC's “Press Your Luck,” falling 4.2% to 3.7 million; “Dateline NBC” (Monday), losing 3% to 3.5 million; and NBC's “Songland,” dropping 19% to 3.3 million.

The top five shows for 18-49 viewing are “America’s Got Talent,” 7% lower to a 1.31 Nielsen rating; “World of Dance,” up 17% to a 0.84 rating; “Celebrity Family Feud,” climbing 2.3% to 0.81; “Titan Games,” down 23% to 0.75; and ABC’s “Holey Moley,” 25% higher to 0.74.

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