Reality TV Ratings Down

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Reality TV Ratings DownMight Americans finally be tiring of reality TV?

The fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance debuted to 8.7 million viewers last week. While that's "up 59% over Fox's previous four-week Thursday night average," it's "down a slight 5% year-to-year," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, NBC's Last Comic Standing earned its lowest rating ever, with a mere 5.9 million viewers; American Gladiators' second season continued to plummet in viewership with just four million households tuned in.

Lastly, the paper notes that The Bachlorette 4's debut (with Deanna Pappas) "was down slightly from last year" with 8.8 million viewers; of course, the series hasn't actually aired in eight years, so we're not sure with what these figures are being compared.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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