11 New Summer Broadcast Shows Ranked by Viewers, From 'When Nature Calls' to 'Wellington Paranormal' (Photos)

And everything in between

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With all due respect to “America’s Got Talent,” summer is not exactly the time when Nielsen ratings threaten to fall off the charts — at least, not the top of the charts. And when it comes to new series, a summer slot isn’t generally a vote of confidence from the network.

 

Click through our gallery to see how 11 freshman broadcast television shows performed in terms of total viewers for their Summer 2021 debuts.

Rank: 11    •   Show: “Wellington Paranormal”   •   Net: The CW  •   Total Viewers: 218,000   •   These are not (para)normal numbers — not even for The CW, and not even for an imported series.

Rank: 10    •   Show: “Republic of Sarah”   •   Net: The CW  •   Total Viewers: 464,000   •   Don’t secede just yet with these kinds of numbers.

Rank: 9    •   Show: “Housebroken”   •   Net: Fox  •   Total Viewers: 994,000   •   Probably not enough house(holds), and possibly too broken.

Rank: 8    •   Show: “Small Fortune”   •   Net: NBC  •   Total Viewers: 1.472 million   •   To keep the title puns going here, this one got the “small” part correct, at least.

Rank: 7    •   Show: “Fantasy Island”   •   Net: Fox  •   Total Viewers: 2.053 million   •   Not exactly dream numbers here for the reboot.

Rank: 6    •   Show: “Celebrity Dating Game”   •   Net: ABC  •   Total Viewers: 2.751 million   •   ABC execs probably weren’t in love with these numbers, but enough for a second date.

Rank: 5    •   Show: “Capital One College Bowl”   •   Net: NBC  •   Total Viewers: 2.802 million   •   Peyton Manning makes another Top 5.

Rank: 4    •   Show: “Superstar”   •   Net: ABC   •   Total Viewers: 2.881 million   •   Not “super,” not a “star,” but good enough for August.

Rank: 3    •   Show: “Secret Celebrity Renovation”   •   Net: CBS  •   Total Viewers: 3.010 million   •   Just like HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU” — including the Nielsen success.

Rank: 2    •   Show: “Family Game Fight”   •   Net: NBC  •   Total Viewers: 3.388 million*   •   Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell sure put up a fight — and benefitted from a big lead-in — but it was not enough for No. 1.

*Series premiere followed Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony; actual time-period premiere received 2.613 million viewers.

Rank: 1    •   Show: “When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren”   •   Net: ABC  •   Total Viewers: 3.692 million   •   Nature called, and Helen Mirren answered.

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