'World of Dance' Performs Well So Far (Format News)

Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough in World of Dance

Also 'Beat Shazam', 'Love Connection', 'The F Word', 'Big Star Little Star' ratings in this format industry update.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some promising new shows have been introduced to the market with Summer midseason schedules. This is the review of latest ratings and format industry updates.

NBC has built a solid Tuesday line-up. While 'America's Got Talent' performs well in 8-10PM slot as expected (2.7 rating 18-49 in weeks 1 and 2), new show 'World of Dance' benefits from its lead-in. Dance competition with Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough judging local and international dancers achieved 9.7 mil. viewership in 2+ and 2.4 rating in 18-49 with series premiere and 8.4 million/1.9 in week two. It is a promising debut and sign of NBC effectively matching shows with similar audience.

NBCUniversal sells World of Dance format rights to global markets.

Fox has a new summer entertainment line-up on Thursdays with new game show 'Beat Shazam' opening the night at 8PM, leading out to a dating show 'Love Connection' at 9PM. 'Beat Shazam' with Jamie Foxx premiered to 3.6 mil. viewers 2+ and 1.2 rating 18-49 according to TV by the numbers and continued with 1.1 and 1.0 rating in the next weeks. 'Love Connection' averaged 1.1, 0.9 and 0.8. Both shows are mediocre so far. However, Thursday line-up has been partially affected by sport matches.

Fox has remade British cooking show with Gordon Ramsay for U.S. audience. Its version of All3media's 'The F Word' hit 0.7 rating on Wednesday 9PM and declined from season premiere a week ago (1.0), but this time it opposed strong NBA competition on ABC. Lead-in of MasterChef at 8PM with roughly 0.9-1.1 ratings brings similar audience to 'The F Word'. It is too early to evaluate its numbers.

CBS aired season finale of 'The Amazing Race'. For the season ratings read the review of the 2016-2017 U.S. format season.

Cable broadcaster USA Network has also adapted foreign format 'Big Star Little Star' from ITV Studios, in which celebrities and their kids put their knowledge of each other to the test to win money for charity. USA Network remake got 0.3 rating in 18-49 with season premiere and 0.2 in week 2 according to showbuzzdaily.com, which is quite low.

Upcoming premieres and format highlights:

  • 'Steve Harvey's Funderdome premiere June 11 on ABC. In this show from Mark Burnett, aspiring inventors show their ideas to live studio audience (more about the show). Also new seasons of 'Celebrity Family Feud' and '$100,000 Pyramid' premiere on that day
  • June 12: 'American Ninja Warrior' season premiere on NBC, 'So You Think You Can Dance' on 'Fox and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge' on NBC
    Face Off season premiere on Syfy (June 13)
  • NBC 'Little Big Shots' season finale and 'To Tell the Truth' season premiere on ABC (June 14)
  • TV market focusing on Central and Eastern Europe NATPE Budapest takes place from June 19 to June 22