Fox’s 'Lyrics' Comes in First (And Second)
July 12, 2007 10:23 AM
If it wasn’t for NBC’s “Bee” in Fox’s ratings bonnet, Wednesday night’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” premiere would be a great success.
“Lyrics” delivered a 3.4 rating among adults 18 to 49, built on its “So You Think You Can Dance” lead-in and rates as the second-best premiere of the summer. Fox easily won the night, pushing NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” to its lowest original rating this summer (2.6).
That’s all good news Fox, and as much as one could reasonably expect for the “Lyrics” debut—if it wasn’t for the unavoidable comparisons to Tuesday night’s highly similar “Bee,” which was the highest-rated summer reality premiere of the past few years.
To siphon even more of the musical game show buzz from the night, NBC re-ran their “Bee” premiere to a 1.7 rating before the “Lyrics” premiere. One interesting note about both shows is they’re unscripted half-hours, which is a very rare breed in an era where reality shows typically start at 60 minutes, then get pumped to 90 minutes or two hours if successful.
CBS aired repeats, which on average for the night edged out ABC’s originals of “The Next Best Thing” (2.0), “American Inventor” (2.0) and “The Traveler” (1.2). The CW leaned on its year-round “America’s Next Top Model” crutch by running two hours of the show in repeats.