The summer TV season was all about veteran programs, which dominated the top of the ratings charts. More specifically, it was all about veteran reality shows.
Media Life Magazine reports that only one new show, ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” was able to break into the top 10 for the season.
And the top program of summer, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” has been around for 10 seasons — in fact, four of the top 5 have been around at least that long.
“Talent” averaged a 2.4 rating in the key 18-49 demo for summer, the story reports, citing Nielsen figures. Tied for No. 2, with 2.0 averages, were three shows: the Wednesday and Thursday editions of CBS’s veteran reality show “Big Brother,” along with “Celebrity Family Feud.”
“Big Brother” has been around for 17 seasons, with its finale set to air tonight.
“The rest of the top 10 included one show that’s been on only two seasons — ABC’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ — and a bunch that have been on for at least five, such as Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ and NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior,’” the report notes.
If you’re waiting for reality fatigue to set in, don’t hold your breath. The story reports that both “Talent” and “Bachelorette” improved their ratings slightly this summer.
Media Life offers this explanation: “Reality shows change contestants every season, which helps to keep things fresh. On a show such as ‘Talent,’ the people competing vary so wildly from season to season — from a ventriloquist to a guy who swallows things to a dog trainer — it’s as though you’re watching a different program each year.”