As Jimmy Kimmel pointed out at the ABC upfront, it’s never a good sign when a network puts on a show with the word “tank” in the title.
ABC’s new reality show Shark Tank, a makeover of the CBC venture capital hit Dragon’s Den featuring two of the Canadian series’ judges (including Kevin O’Leary, right), tanked Sunday night, drawing just 4.15 million U.S. viewers according to overnight estimates.
ABC has had a brutal summer and can’t find traction anywhere. Even the return of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire only generated 7 million the same night. Shark Tank lost 40% of that lead in, which is not good news for the latest Mark Burnett effort. No Canadian network picked up Shark Tank, which supposedly anchors ABC’s Monday night fall schedule until the sci-fi remake V begins Nov. 3.
CBS did not have much better luck Monday with their reality show launch There Goes the Neighborhood cracking the 5 million mark.
Monday wasn’t much better for ABC. Millionaire inched up to 7.2 million, with Dating in the Dark drawing 4.5 million and a repeat of Castle fetching 3.3 million and change.
In Canadian ratings news: Don’t know about Global shifting Brothers & Sisters out of simulcast to Monday nights. A summer rerun of the Sally Field family drama drew just 122,000 nationally there Monday, according to overnight BBM estimates. That’s worse than CBC did the same night with a rerun of Little Mosque (180,000) but better than it did with Sophie (72,000. Across Canada!). As one would expect, Global did better earlier that night with the Teen Choice Awards (407,000) with most (215,000) in the 25-54-year-old demo.
CTV won the night with reruns of their older-skewing crime dramas, Criminal Minds (922,000), Law & Order: CI (1,282,000) and CSI Miami (811,000).
Sunday night, Global got a surprisingly strong bounce from the 11th edition of Big Brother (1,132,000).

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