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Jeff Gaspin to Handle the Truth
FremantleMedia to Shop "To Tell the Truth" for Primetime
From Deadline
To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly.

Created by Bob Stewart, To Tell The Truth launched in the U.S. in 1956 and has gone through several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, airing a total of 25 seasons to date, with its most recent run ending in 2001. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. After asking questions, the celebrities take turns identifying who they believe is telling the truth.

Former NBC chairman Gaspin, a To Tell The Truth fan, tracked down the format to FremantleMedia, which owns the rights. He also brought in longtime collaborator Moll. The two, along with Gay Rosenthal, created and produced one of VH1′s signature series, Behind The Music. Executive producing To Tell The Truth with Gaspin and Moll are FMNA’s Thom Beers and Toby Gorman.

Deadline
Hidden Remote
TV Week

photo courtesy FremantleMedia North America

posted 7/30/14

Tuesday: America's Got Google
Google Searches Equal Votes This Season. Result: #1 for NBC
From the Futon Critic
Google searches for “America’s Got Talent,” starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show’s contestants — the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices.

NBC has enjoyed strong ratings with “Talent” this summer, and the Peacock is hoping the Google tie-in will push even more viewers to tune in live to the variety show as it enters the final rounds.

NBC (8.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to week two of "Food Fighters" (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (10.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.837 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Person of Interest" (4.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.128 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.643 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The concept is not new: Google earlier this year ran a similar execution for Fox’s “American Idol,” allowing viewers to vote for contestants from search pages.

Variety
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 7/30/14

Syndies: Dog Days
Results for the Week Ending July 29
From TV NewsCheck
Dr. Phil returned to the top of the talkers in the week ending July 20 after a brief absence while the show was entirely in reruns. But Phil, which rose 8% and scored its highest ratings in five weeks, was the only daytime show in the top 10 to grow in the session, which was marked by heavy news coverage of a Russian missile shooting down a huge passenger jet over the Ukraine.

The No. 1 show in syndication overall for the 17th consecutive week was Judge Judy, which aired five reruns but was still up 2% from last year at this time.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; * indicates a new season high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers
B&C
Mediapost

posted 7/30/14

More on "The Singer Takes It All"
1 Million Log in Ahead of Friday Premiere
From Telly Mix
More than one million votes have been cast in the app for Channel 4′s new gameshow The Singer Takes It All ahead of its TV launch this Friday.


The talent contest – hosted by comedian Alan Carr – is the first in the UK to hand total control to the public via its mobile app, allowing users to view short clips of potential contestants.

Each clip can be voted a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’ – and the more hit votes a hopeful gets, the more likely it is that they’ll be selected to compete for a huge cash prize on the programme.

Since the app was launched just under two weeks ago, it has been downloaded over 35,000 times with a total of over one million votes cast – meaning users have watched an average of 35 audition clips each.

The figures were released by C4 today to promote an updated version of the app with a ‘Recording Studio’ feature, giving wannabes the chance to instantly film their own audition.

Telly Mix

posted 7/30/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Whole Story"

  • Bradley Walsh presents the history of the British game show (ITV Press Centre)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the great game show controversies (Herald Sun)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (Channel Guide)
     
  • Having exhausted all other programming options for Thursday night, NBC extends "Last Comic Standing" final to two hours (The Futon Critic)
     
  • After asking about the sex, Nick Viall insists his question was not about the sex (Us Magazine)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A beat is when a strong hand is beaten by a lucky hand. A bad beat is when it happens to you. This... is the worst beat ever. (Business Insider)
     
  • "Big Brother Israel," in a sign of the time, is the only Big Brother House with a bomb shelter. (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson thinks his replacement should be female. Says a female with knowledge of Craig Ferguson...  Carrie Keagan (Splitsider)
     
  • Steve Harvey teams with Strayer University to promote success (Dallas Weekly)

posted 7/30/14

Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"; GSN to Show in 2015
From TV NewsCheck
The syndicated trivia game show Let’s Ask America kicks off its third season on Sept. 8 with new host, comedian and one-time MTV VJ Bill Bellamy.

Bellamy, who has guest co-hosted shows such as CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and Entertainment Tonight, replaces Kevin Pereira.

On the half-hour, prime access show, Bellamy will interact with contestants who play the game from home via internet web video.

“I look forward to working with the great executives at Telepictures and Scripps and taking the show to the next level,” said Bellamy in a statement. “Our contestants are a virtual goldmine for nonstop laughs. I can’t wait to interact with them. Our audiences can look forward to great entertainment from Let’s Ask America every day.”

Let’s Ask America is from station group E.W. Scripps and production partners Warner Bros.’ Telepictures and the late Jim Paratore’s paraMedia. The show is distributed by MGM Domestic Television Distribution.

In January, the show will add a cable run on GSN.

AZCentral
TV NewsCheck
Broadway World


Bill Bellamy to host season 3 of "Let's Ask America"
photo courtesy BillBellamy.com

posted 7/29/14

NBC Slots ANW: America vs. the World
Catch The Season Finale September 15
From the Futon Critic
NBC will present its second annual "American Ninja Warrior" international competition later this summer with a three-hour special, "USA vs. the World." Five of the top competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will go head-to-head against competitors from Japan and from Europe in a high-stakes competition on the show's famed four-stage finals course.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila will host and Jenn Brown will co-host. "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" is set to air Monday, Sept. 15 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) with a special encore presentation airing Tuesday, September 16 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) on Esquire Network.

Representing Team USA are competitors Brian Arnold, Elet Hall, Paul Kasemir, Joe Moravsky and Travis Rosen. All of these worthy athletes are veterans of "American Ninja Warrior" and have made it to the show's Las Vegas finals in past seasons.

Team Japan will include a formidable collection of both seasoned and up-and-coming athletes - Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and Yusuke Morimoto. Yamamoto has competed in every season of Japan's "Sasuke."

Team Europe will be represented by Stefano Ghisolfi, Vadym Kuvakin, Sean McColl, Tim Sheiff and Miska Sutela. Ghisolfi and McColl are both champion rock climbers and McColl won the rock climbing World Cup in 2012. Kuvakin is a former Olympian for the Ukraine in gymnastics and is a current member of the Cirque du Soleil cast for "La Rev" in Las Vegas. Sheiff, a successful competitor on several seasons of "American Ninja Warrior," is a world champion free runner.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

The Futon Critic
B&C

posted 7/29/14

Drawing Bad Blood
Catch New Season of "Ink Master" September 2
From the Futon Critic
Spike TV's hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there's bad blood in the water. Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.' This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival. From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in "Ink Master" history, this season's competition is more personal than ever.

Each week "Ink Master" puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a 'Human Canvas.' Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Monday: The Over/Under Is A Month
ABC, "Bachelorette" Go Out on Top
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (7.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with the premiere of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.588 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

Next up was FOX (4.825 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (5.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Hotel Hell" (4.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (3.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.245 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the "2014 Young Hollywood Awards" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Sunday: Clean Bloody Sweep
CBS Wins Night Thanks to "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the second Sunday in a row thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (2.980 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and another "American Dad" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a special two-hour "Wipeout" (3.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) alongside a new "Rising Star" (3.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Castle" (3.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Chicago Fire" (2.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (3.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on NBC (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the night.

On Food Network, the night fared thusly:

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games (1.511 million)
- 9p: Food Network Star (2.122 million)
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (1.561 million)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/29/14

A Second Round of Hounds
ITV2 Releases Season 2 This Fall
From ATV Today
Reggie Yates is returning to host the horror gameshow Release the Hounds which will air this autumn on ITV2.

Filmed in a remote forest from dusk through the dead of night, three contestants and their friends will be up against some of the “scariest challenges ever endured on TV” in a bid to unlock chests full of prize money.

To locate the keys to the money the friends must all take part in a variety of horror themed mental and physical tests. The ultimate challenge for them is to out-run a pack of dogs, trained to guard the cash. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

“I have absolutely loved filming this series, I’m such a big fan of the horror genre. Some of the contestants we had taking part this series were just brilliant and their reactions are priceless, although it must be said I am far happier being behind the monitor, being their eyes and ears than I ever would be running around a dark forest not to mention going up against the dogs!”

The new series will include terrifying challenges such as a phone booth that floods once you’re locked inside, a giant jack in the box with a twist, a clown with a sinister balloon obsession and an ice-cream van that dispenses much more than lolly-pops.

Release the Hounds, hosted by Reggie Yates, will return this autumn on ITV2.

ATV Today
ITV Presscentre

posted 7/29/14

From the Truth... to a Lie
TV3 Renews Hit Series
From IFTN
TV3’s big money game show ‘The Lie’ is back for a second series. The show will again be hosted by Jonathan McCrea, and is now on the lookout for participants. Only days remain to apply as the closing date for applications from participants is August 1st.

Filming of the second series will get underway in the TV3 Sony HD Studio this September. Jointly produced as an original format by 3 Studios and STV Productions, ‘The Lie’ is an exhilarating game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money - all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.

In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase. The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot.

TV3 are looking for teams, each consisting of two contestants, to take part in ‘The Lie’ for the chance to win €10,000. The teams of partners, colleagues, siblings or best friends will have to work together and use their combined knowledge to spot “The Lie”. This is a game of strategy, risk-taking and intelligence!

Those interested in taking part can apply via an online application form on www.tv3.ie/takepart but remember to do it quickly - applications close on August 1st 2014 and filming will take place in TV3’s Sony HD studio in September 2014.

IFTN

posted 7/29/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the Aftermath"

  • Nick Viall takes "public shaming" to a whole 'nother level (Jezebel)
     
  • Tonight's edition of "Biting the Hand That Feeds You" is brought to you by Nikki Ferrell (Us)
     
  • And after all that... Santa Fe still wants to host the show! (Albuquerque Journal)
     
  • Mark Ballas, Derek Hough go from flipping dancing partners to flipping houses (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy says he's done with "Dancing with the Stars". This is not a repeat from 2013... or 2012... or 2010... (Us)
     
  • How's Eddie McGuire's poker face? According to a "Hot Seat" player... not too good (News.com.au)

posted 7/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly to be a TV chef (Eater)
     
  • "Derrick... Please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • Alan Carr wants nutjobs on "Singer Takes It All" (The List)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 best Nick games (Bustle)
     
  • I'm a best-selling game show author & contestant and friend of this site. Ask me anything! (Reddit)

posted 7/28/14

Thursday: Next Stop: Vegas
Hell's Kitchen Finale Up, BB Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "The Millers" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.698 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then snagged the silver with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by a new "Gang Related" (2.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (2.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "Black Box" (3.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) alongside the season finale of "Black Box" (3.786 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "NY Med" (4.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.499 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.521 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Pawnography" led the cable troops with 2.60 million viewers, while the season premiere of "Project Runway" led Lifetime to 1.64 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/25/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Cab Florida"

posted 7/25/14

You Are Now Cleared for Play
Trifecta Sells "Game Plane", Mark Walberg to Host
From Trifecta Entertainment
Mark Walberg has been named as host of the forthcoming fall property "The Game Plane".

"The Game Plane", from Trifecta Entertainment, shot a pilot and shopped it to NATPE earlier this year. The show, like "Cash Cab" before it, features unsuspecting passengers on a regular Allegiant Air flight. Once it reaches cruising altitude, the plane converts into a game show, and the passengers become contestants competing for cash and prizes.

Walberg, currently the host of PBS' Emmy-nominated "Antiques Roadshow", is a veteran host of fan favorites "Russian Roulette" and "On the Cover".

It currently has 80 percent clearance and is shooting also for a cable outlet in time for a September release.

TV News Check
Buzzerblog
Trifecta Entertainment
Trifecta Entertainment

posted 7/24/14

Wednesday: And Then There Were 48
AGT Final Decision Put NBC Ahead
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to originals from the Top 48 revelation on "America's Got Talent" (10.130 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Extant" (6.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Criminal Minds" (4.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.977 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Modern Family" (3.555 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Middle" (3.119 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Motive" (3.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.531 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/24/14

Tuesday: All NBC All The Time
AGT Boot Camp, "Food Fighters" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the premiere of "Food Fighters" (4.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the relocated "America's Got Talent" (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1). "Fighters" grew from the 8p to the 8:30p half-hour.

ABC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.847 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On GSN, "The Chase" rose to a new season high of 578,000 viewers. "Chopped's" second Teen Tournament episode garnered 1.472 million, while TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked in 851,000. And "@midnight" continued its late-night dominance with 795,000.

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posted 7/24/14

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