I took a couple weeks off from tracking Nielsen TV ratings. It’s a bit of a quiet time. But it’s time to see how some of the summer shows are doing. Here’s a quick assessment of a sampling of summer shows. (We’re still awaiting the returns of “Mad Men” on AMC and “Jersey Shore” on MTV.)
WINNERS (so far)
“Deadliest Catch” Discovery – The death of Phil Harris has certainly boosted the numbers for the network’s top show. Last week, the episode featuring his death drew 8.5 million viewers, the third most ever for the network.
“America’s Got Talent” NBC – For at least the fourth year in a row, this is the most popular TV summer series, averaging about 11 to 12 million viewers per episode. So far, Howie Mandel has made a good replacement for David Hasselhoff as a judge.
What are your favorite summer shows so far this year? (Pick up to 5)
- “The Closer” TNT
- “Deadliest Catch” Discovery
- “Pawn Stars” History
- “Rizzoli & Isles” TNT
- “So You Think You Can Dance”