Reality Shows Top Summer Programming


According to Nielson ratings, aging reality shows have taken the lead in TV programming this summer. Shows that have been airing a minimum of nine years, such as “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, are the most-watched among adults between the ages of 18 and 49.

Other notable summer reality series include “Big Brother” on CBS, “The Bachelorette” on ABC and “Hell’s Kitchen” on FOX.

To see a full list of this summer’s top and bottom programs, see an article by Media Life Magazine.

NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Nielsen: Traditional TV Viewing Still Popular

Traditional TV viewing continues to rise in popularity and frequency, according to Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report for the second quarter of 2011. Monthly time spent watching traditional TV rose 1.9 percent, to 146 hours and 20 minutes, a year-over-year increase of two hours and 43 minutes.

The study also found that Americans watched more than four times as much time-shifted TV – on digital video recorders (DVRs) and video-on-demand service – as online video. Households with a DVR increased to 39 percent, up 13 percent in the last year. In the last two years, time-shifted TV viewing per month rose 31 percent.

Nielsen: Facebook, Blogs Dominate Time Online

Social networks and blogs dominate Americans’ time online, accounting for nearly a quarter of total time spent on the Internet, according to the latest Nielsen Social Media Report.

Americans spend more time on Facebook than any other site – 53 billion minutes in May – far more than runners-up Yahoo and Google.