Here’s the Wild No. 1 New Show of Summer 2021 (So Far)

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Summer 2021 will likely be short on new hits until the Tokyo Olympics, if you even count them, kick off next month on NBC. Save CBS, each of the English-language broadcast networks have debuted at least one new series so far this summer, with Fox and ABC launching a pair. ABC’s “When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren,” which launched Thursday night, is already the biggest summer freshman to date — and that’s even when comparing its available Live + Same Day viewing to the other shows’ Live + 7 Day numbers, which include one week of (mostly) DVR catchup. That’s some queen of the jungle stuff right there. “When Nature Calls” drew 3.584 million “live” total viewers Thursday night, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. That’s about 1 million more “live” audience members than ABC’s “Celebrity Dating Game” initially posted. Adding in a week of “Celebrity Dating Game” catchup, the Mirren-hosted animal clip show still outdrew it by 125,000 night-of viewers. Airing in the 8 o’clock hour vs. at 10 p.m. didn’t hurt. The gap will only grow when Americans catch up on “Nature” over the next week. “The Celebrity Dating Game,” hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, bowed to...

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