There's no shortage of Glee this summer.
Was that the problem for The Glee Project?
To be sure, Sunday's premiere for the Oxygen competition series was only so-so, especially when compared to the network's relatively blockbuster marathon of Glee reruns back in February.
The show, promising a guest spot on the hit mothership to its winner, averaged 455,000 viewers. For the week, that was more than Paris Hilton's new reality series, and less than repurposed reruns of America's Got Talent, all of which also air on Oxygen.
So, was it Glee burnout that burned The Glee Project?
Or was it something else? (See: below.)
Other TV ratings winners—and losers, per the latest Nielsen rankings:
• Watching LeBron James lose: Our new national pastime, apparently. The NBA Finals series was a monster. Sunday's Game 6, in which James' Miami Heat got sent home, was TV's No. 1 show, averaging an American Idol-esque 23.9 million.
• Anything that aired opposite the defeat of LeBron James: Even the counterprogramming, apparently. On Sunday, the Tony Awards telecast (6.9 million) was down, Keeping Up With the Kardashians (2.5 million) was down and The Glee Project didn't quite get started. Then again, shows like In Plain Sight (4 million) and Army Wives (3.6 millon) were up from last week, so maybe there's only so much playa hatin' the TV nation can support.
• The Good Wife: Oddly, all that free publicity courtesy the Anthony Weiner mess didn't add up. The show's reruns fell week to week, from 6.1 million to 5.9 million.
• Summer warblers: America's Got Talent (12.9 million for Tuesday's episode; 12.6 million for Wednesday's) and The Voice (12.3 million) remained hot.
• The Secret Life of the American Teenager: One entire year after its third-season premiere, the drama's third-season finale wound up as cable's No. 1 show among adults 18-49, with 3.6 million viewers overall. That's a fan base with patience, if not a long memory.
• Britney Spears: Per Fox, no single episode of any scripted show during the just-completed season scored more same-day DVR playbacks than the Spears-celebrating Glee from last September.
• Modern Family: The comedy was the season's No. 1 DVR show, adding, on average, nearly 3.5 million viewers each week. Hawaii Five-O surprised with a close second-place finish, tacking on 3.3 million.