Summer is almost here!
On Thursday, ABC announced its summer schedule, which will kick off Thursday, May 9 with the premiere of Wipeout (8/7c). Other returning shows will come later in the month, with Rookie Blue kicking off on Thursday, May 23 (10/9c) and The Bachelorette debuting in a special time period on Monday, May 20 (9/8c).
ABC announces season finale dates
Neil Patrick Harris
The Tony Awards hit an all-time low Sunday despite little competition elsewhere.
The 66th annual show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris for the third time, drew 6 million viewers and a 1.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. That rating ...
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
Talk about a weighty vote of confidence: The second season of ABC's summer series Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition doesn't launch until June 3, but ABC has already given the show a third-season pickup (15 two-hour episodes) to air in summer 2013.
The early order comes out of...
The Glass House
ABC is already getting into the singing competition game with this summer's Duets, and now it's taking on CBS' long-running Big Brother as well. The network has partnered with a former Big Brother producer to build The Glass House, which will air this summer.
Let the countdown begin! Summer's guiltiest pleasure, Bachelor Pad, premieres Monday, July 23 at 8/7c, ABC announced Thursday. Also announced is the premiere date for Season 3 of cop drama Rookie Blue, which returns on Thursday, May 24 at 10/7c.
Dancing With The Stars
Overwhelmed by all those two-hour reality shows? You're not alone, and even the networks admit that it's a lot to watch. But they still benefit from those supersized series — so expect to see even more shows go the expansion route.
Two-hour episodes used to be rare, and reserved for special milestones. But what was once a stunt is now the norm, as two-hour series like Dancing with the Stars, The Sing-Off, The Biggest Loser and The X-Factor all take up loads of on-air real estate — sometimes eating up as much as four hours of programming a week (if lengthy results shows and recap specials are included).
The Bachelorette is going steady again — that is, its ratings are.
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ABC's dating show averaged 8.04 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. ET — 9 percent higher than last week, apparently boosted by Bentley's return. The show's ratings fell 23 percent in Week 2 after Season 7 premiered with 9.27 million viewers, but after six weeks it's roughly kept on an even keel. For the fifth straight week, it was Monday night's most-watched show.
The Bachelorette iced Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.
ABC's dating show averaged 7.82 million viewers from 8 to 10 ET against 5.23 million for the match on NBC between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. Bachelorette also scored a 2.4 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds vs. hockey's 1.8 — down a chilling 38 percent against last year's Game 6 (which, admittedly, was between teams from two larger TV markets, Philadelphia and Chicago).
Chris Powell, Rachel, Paulette Lambert
The new Extreme Makeover spin-off won Memorial Day, premiering to 7.06 million viewers and a 2.35 rating among adults 18-49.
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss was the highest-rated show Monday and the second most-watched program behind The Bachelorette. The latest season of...
Rachel and Chris Powell
ABC is back in the weight-loss reality show game, only this time taking competition out of the equation. In the network's new series Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, trainer Chris Powell works with a different morbidly obese participant in each episode, which spans a year of their transformation. Monday's debut follows 21-year-old Rachel, who not only struggles with her weight, but with gaining her family's support in her new lifestyle. She spoke with TVGuide.com about her emotional journey and updates us on how she's doing today.