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    Entertainment Weekly online Report: IT'S A HIT!

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    ''Juniors,'' ''Top Model'' lead summer reality shows. The reality contests score big ratings during a week of reruns by Gary Susman

    The top new series of the summer? It's ''American Juniors,'' the pint-size ''American Idol'' spinoff featuring talented kids and their obsessive stage parents. In a week otherwise dominated by reruns (the top three shows for the week ending Sunday, according to Nielsen, were CBS' rebroadcasts of ''Everybody Loves Raymond,'' ''CSI,'' and ''CSI: Miami''), ''Juniors'' and other reality fare stood out. Some 11.9 million people watched ''Juniors''' debut on Fox last Tuesday, making it the No. 10 show of the week; early estimates for this week say that 8.7 million returned for the June 10 installment. NBC tied CBS as the most-watched network of the week (averaging 9.1 million viewers) by offering a reality-heavy slate that included the debuting ''For Love or Money'' (10.2 million viewers) week 2 of ''Fame'' (9.9 million) and ''Dog Eat Dog.''

    Reality was also sweet for UPN, whose ''America's Top Model'' drew 4.1 million viewers and helped lead the netlet to a rare weekly victory over rival the WB. UPN averaged 3 million viewers to WB's 2.7 million.

    In more traditional unscripted competition, the Miss Universe Pageant (moving over to NBC this year from CBS) drew 12.1 million gawkers and finished ninth for the week. ABC was hurt by weak showings for the NBA and NHL finals (the network tied for third place with Fox for the week, averaging 6.8 million viewers each), but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's mano-a-mano with Barbara Walters on Sunday was the week's most popular new program, finishing at No. 4 with 13.5 million viewers. CBS' old-fashioned reality competition, the 57th annual Tony Awards, drew its lowest audience ever (7.8 million), though the presence of host Hugh Jackman and other big names helped boost the percentage of young (18-49) viewers by 25 percent over last year. Gee, you'd think a show featuring a mutant superhero, a drag queen (''Hairspray'''s Harvey Fierstein), a gay kiss (between ''Hairspray'' composers and offstage partners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman), and an ''American Junior''-style stage mother (''Gypsy'''s Bernadette Peters) would be a huge ratings draw.

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    Re: Entertainment Weekly online Report: IT'S A HIT!

    Originally posted by CaliGirl
    Reality was also sweet for UPN, whose ''America's Top Model'' drew 4.1 million viewers and helped lead the netlet to a rare weekly victory over rival the WB. UPN averaged 3 million viewers to WB's 2.7 million.


    That's great news! Thanks for posting, CG!

    I'd love to hear about the percentage of people that don't receive UPN on satellite or through cable but are ringing their providers to get the show.

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    That's good to know that i'm not the only few people who watch it... i was beginning to think that i'm a reality TV show junkie... lol
    and two years ago, (when there was Big Brother, and The Real World) i used to mock it... now i can't live without it!!! lol funny how things turn out...
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    Originally posted by acclyaimed4
    i was beginning to think that i'm a reality TV show junkie... lol
    It's better to come clean and just accept it. You're among supporters here.

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    Thanks DeepDish...
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