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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Premieres to 5-Year High

Variety logo Variety 12/14/2016 Daniel Holloway
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The rebooted “America’s Next Top Model” premiered Monday to nearly 2 million viewers — hitting a five-year high for season debuts of the reality competition series.

Monday night’s premiere drew 1.7 million total viewers according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That’s well enough to outpace all season premieres of the show’s previous incarnation on broadcast network the CW in the last half-decade. It is also even with the performance of VH1’s most recent unscripted launch, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” which also drew 1.7 million viewers for its premiere in November.

“America’s Next Top Model” wrapped its initial run on the CW last December, drawing 1.2 million viewers for its finale. The series aired for 12 years and 22 seasons on the CW and its predecessor, UPN. The CW announced in October, 2015, that the 22nd season would be its last.

In February, VH1 announced that it would revive the series with original host and co-creator Tyra Banks serving as executive producer. The new incarnation is hosted by Rita Ora with Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach serving as judges. It is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company, and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Ken Mok, Banks, Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson are executive producers.


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