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Fox's awkwardly titled celebrity diving special Stars In Danger: The High Dive aired last night and while some of the contestants earned high marks from the judges for their dives, the numbers for the special's ratings are anything but spectacular. In fact, the diving special fell behind all of the other major networks, excluding The CW.
Stars in Danger put stars in water and up on the high dive as they trained and then competed in a series of Olympic-style dives. The titular stars included Jersey Shore's JWOWW (who ended up having to drop out of the competition due to a back injury), So You Think You Can Dance's Twitch, Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, NFL's Terrell Owens and actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. Perhaps there wasn't quite enough star power to draw the viewers, because EW reports that the special only earned a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, tying with Guys With Kids. Stars in Danger earned 3.4 million viewers, which actually puts it behind the NBC sitcom in that respect.
CBS had I Get That A Lot and the People's Choice Awards airing during the 8-10 p.m. bracket, while ABC had their comedy block showing new episodes. NBC had Whitney, Guys With Kids and Law & Order: SVU airing from 8-10 p.m. and for the CW, it was a rerun of Arrow and Supernatural. So sure, Stars in Danger had some competition, but even so, it doesn't look like the special drew much attention, which may be a bad sign for ABC's upcoming Celebrity Splash.
For those who didn't tune in, Stars In Danger was a fun watch and did include some impressive dives (and some impressive flops). The familiar faces among the contestants added to the appeal, but there wasn't a lot of momentum for the two-hour special, which involved scoring but never really felt much like a competition. Perhaps if it had aired a month ago near the holidays, it would've done better.