'Kiss Bang Love' Enters U.S. Market, 'SNL' Remade in France. A Week in TV Formats
Last week's biggest event on the format market was the return of 'The Bachelor'. Season 21 premiered Monday, January 2 (8-10PM), with 6.6 million viewers 2+ and 2.1 rating/6 % share in the 18-49 target group according to a press release. The show was steady with its year-ago opener in the commercial demo.
On the same night, NBC launched new season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (8-10PM). First edition with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Donald Trump as a new host achieved 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall. The Hollywood Reporter says that's down 35 percent from the show's comparable Monday premiere in 2015, the post-Trump 'Apprentice' sinks and 'The Bachelor' proved to be "a surprisingly easy win".
Cable broadcaster FYI launched its own version of a Danish dating show 'Kiss Bang Love' from Red Arrow catalogue. The format based on blinfolded kissing had just 0.05 rating in 18-49 according to tv-recaps-reviews.com.
Season 2 premiere of ABC's celebrity game show format 'Match Game' (Wednesday, January 4, 10-11PM) brought in "a highly respectable" 1.3 rating in the demo and 4.9 million viewers according to Variety and won the slot.
French broadcaster M6 launched a local version of a comedy entertainment format 'Saturday Night Live' on Thursday with almost 3 million viewers. Some sketches were just translated from U.S. original and Le Huffington Post called it a mixed success.
In UK, a dance format 'Dance Dance Dance' by Talpa, in which celebrities re-enact iconic dance routines using latest visual effects, debuted on ITV (January 8, 6:30PM) watched by 4.1 million total viewers with 18.7% share according to Overnights.tv.
Also in UK, a new singing talent format 'Let It Shine' (January 7, BBC One) "started with 6.3m/30%, winning the slot and receiving great social media data", Overnights.tv claims. It aired in direct competition with 'The Voice' (5.9 million viewers) and won. More at The Daily Mail.
Launching this week:
- 'Big Fan' (January 9, 10-11PM, ABC). ABC's new comedic game show from Jimmy Kimmel and Banijay Studios North America, based on the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment from 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'. More information
- 'My Kitchen Rules' (January 12, 9-10PM, Fox). Adaptation of Australian celebrity entertainment cooking format from Endemol Shine. More information