Ratings: ‘The Biggest Loser’ hits new low; ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ sampled further

The Biggest Loser -What is going on with “The Biggest Loser” this season? While the weight-loss competition rarely gets a ton of publicity, it does typically serve as a consistent part of the NBC lineup.

Well, we have a great explanation for the show’s series-low 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic last night: It was a terrible idea for a twist. We have no problem with former athletes trying to reclaim their past glory, but the reason this show works is because everyone fits into that “ordinary Americans” label. Not only do you want to see diversity on this show when it comes to gender and race, but you also want to see people who come from all walks of life, not just an athletic background. You want to see people who have never been athletic at all before learn about physical fitness.

Elsewhere on the night, a repeat airing of “The Mysteries of Laura” can celebrate that its 0.8 rating in the demo was better than a 0.7 for a “Scandal” rerun. We’re still not convinced, though, that a new episode on Wednesday will draw any better than a 1.5. While it does have Debra Messing as a lead and she is a great anchor, there are a number of little problems with the show (i.e. the kids are irritating), and its timeslot is going to be rough against “Survivor” and ABC comedies.

For those wondering, early numbers for Thursday Night Football almost look like CBS is getting a little bit of egg on their face for talking about how profitable this property is. For football standards, a 3.3 is pretty weak. This number may still change in the finals, though, and you also have to remember that the game was an ugly blowout from the start.

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