In the 2010-11 season of The X Factor on ITV in UK, the judges didn’t select Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson as solo competitors. Instead, they put them together as a group, which would go on to become the worldwide pop sensation, One Direction. Now, ABC has launched an entire show around that concept. Can they bottle lightning and draw big ratings? Will the Boy Band TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
An ABC competitive reality TV series, Boy Band features still undiscovered singers facing off to become part of the next music phenomenon. British singer-songwriter Rita Ora hosts the show, with Tim Mosley (a.k.a. Timbaland), Nick Carter, and Emma Bunton serving as architects, and Alan Blackstone as musical director. Just 30 contestants are selected to compete for one of 18 spots in a total of three bands. Each episode features a new theme, and the architects shuffle the members around to find the best combinations to perform on live TV. Those selected for elimination go head to head in the solo survival song round, and home viewers vote to save their favorite. In the season finale, the five man band is announced, performs their new single for the first time, and receives a Hollywood Records recording contract.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — typically around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Boy Band TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on ABC?