Song, dance fuel another Fox win

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Fox took the crown last week in both total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo thanks to the performances of such series as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The demo win for the week ending July 15 extends Fox’s streak to 23 consecutive weeks, the longest for any network since NBC won 24 weeks in a row in 1998.

“Hell’s Kitchen” (7.5 million, 3.6/10) is on a hot streak in its 9-10 p.m. slot Monday, winning that night in the demo and outperforming the same frame a year ago by 11% in 18-49 and 9% in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Thursday edition of “Dance” (9.7 million, 3.6/11) also is showing improvement over a year ago, increasing its demo figures by 3% and total viewership by 2% at 9-10 p.m. Wednesday’s 90-minute episode of “Dance” at 8 p.m. averaged 7.7 million and a 3.1/10.

Meanwhile, last week saw the debuts of rival singing competitions on NBC and Fox. The peacock’s 9:30 p.m. Tuesday premiere of “The Singing Bee” (13.3 million, 5.1/14) hit all the right notes, winning the showdown with Fox’s “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” and leading all broadcast programming to become the top-rated program of the seven-day frame.

In total viewers, “Bee” was the most-watched new summer series premiere on any network in more than two years, since the debut of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” on June 1, 2005. It also was the top-rated summer series premiere in the demo in nearly five years, since the July 22, 2002, debut of NBC’s “Meet My Folks.”

“Lyrics” also did well out of the gate, debuting Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. to 8.3 million viewers and a 3.4/10 in the demo. A Thursday episode of “Lyrics” averaged 8.4 million and a 2.9/10.

And despite hitting near-historic lows, Fox’s broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (12.5 million, 4.1/12) at 9 p.m. Tuesday still ranked as the No. 2 telecast of the week in the demo, followed by NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (11.4 million, 3.9/12) at 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The All-Star Game also gave Fox its highest-rated night of the summer so far among total viewers.

The weekly primetime averages: Fox (6.7 million, 2.4/8), CBS (6.3 million, 1.7/6), NBC (5.8 million, 1.9/6), ABC (4.4 million, 1.5/5) and the CW (1.8 million, 0.7/2).

Season-to-date in the demo, Fox’s average rating (4.0) is flat compared with the same period a year ago, NBC is down slightly (3.0 vs. 3.1), ABC is down 6% (3.3 vs. 3.5), and CBS is off by 8% (3.6 to 3.3).
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