Sunday’s BET Awards, featuring Chris Brown’s infamous breakdown, pulled in 7.6 million viewers nationally, easily the top cable show of the week. It was also the top program in Atlanta, where it drew 364,000 viewers.
That is down from a record 10.7 million a year ago a few days after Michael Jackson’s unforeseen death but still by far the biggest audience BET will likely get this year.
- ABC’s “Wipeout” continues to be a serious guilty pleasure, coming in No. 2 locally and No. 3 nationally.
- TNT’s “Hawthorne” opened June 22 at 3.4 million, down from its series debut a year ago of 3.8 million but typical of its performance season one overall. Locally, it ranked 17th with 168,000 viewers.
-TNT’s new show “Memphis Beat” opened at a promising 4.3 million after “Hawthorne.” Locally, it brought in 153,000.
-The U.S./Algeria World Cup game June 23 drew 5.3 million on ESPN, which is about 5.2 million more than will watch a non World Cup soccer game. This was the game that got the U.S. into the next round, not the final game.
-With the recent death of Phil Harris on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” (which he insisted be aired), the show is hitting new heights, including 5.4 million viewers June 22.
-”Top Chef: DC,” which features Atlantan Tracey Bloom, on Bravo is no longer the network’s biggest show. It finished at 2.2 million viewers June 23 for its second episode June 23, up from 1.8 million for its debut on June 16. But those are the lowest numbers for the show in years. In comparions, the second episode last year drew 2.8 million, up from 2.6 million for its first episode. And “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” drew far more with 2.8 million on June 21.
-”Hot in Cleveland,” which opened at a TV Land record 4.8 million June 16, fell to 3.3 million last Wednesday on a decidedly less funny episode.
- After averaging a disappointing 1.1 million viewers before the season’s final two episodes, Atlanta-based “Tiny & Toya” finished its sophomore year on a high note, with 1.3 million at 10 p.m. June 23 and 1.7 million for what could be the final episode. (This compares to 2.02 million for the season one finale last year.) It drew a disproportionately large 145,000 local viewers as well.
- Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star,” which includes emotionally fragile Herb Mesa and rising star (but still oddly cold) Brianna Jenkins, has been amazingly consistent its first four episodes, all of which have drawn between 3 and 3.1 million viewers. It has shown ratings growth from a year ago.
- HGTV’s “Design Star” featuring local designer Vern Yip has also been consistent, bringing in 2.1 to 2.2 million viewers. Minus Clive Pearse as host, the show is down about 20 percent from a year ago.