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NBC gives early pick-ups to 'Biggest Loser,' 'Sing-Off' and 'Who Do You Think You Are'

February 22, 2011 |  3:48 pm

Biggestloser NBC has just renewed three reality series for the 2011-12 season: "The Biggest Loser," "The Sing-Off" and the new celebrity genealogy series, "Who Do You Think You Are?"

"Biggest Loser," the weight-loss contest currently in its 11th cycle, is a bulwark of NBC's Tuesday lineup, averaging 9 million viewers this winter, according to the Nielsen Co.

The network seems to be hoping that "The Sing-Off" is a builder, or at least a solid piece of filler that can be quickly inserted when a new show doesn't pan out. The a capella singing contest, hosted by Nick Lachey of the old boy band 98 Degrees, averaged 9.2 million total viewers with the most recent cycle, which wrapped in December.

Then there's "Who Do You Think You Are," which has averaged 7 million viewers -- not an impressive tally, but NBC says it's the network's most-watched Friday show this season.

The pickups are among the first for next season from new NBC programming honcho Bob Greenblatt, best-known for overseeing Showtime's successful slate in recent years.

"Alternative series such as these three bona fide hits are important not only to their loyal audiences but also as strong components of the NBC schedule," Greenblatt said in a statement.  “They are each unique, attention-getting shows with terrific producing and talent auspices, and we're proud to be associated with them."

What do you think of these shows?

-- Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Hannah Curlee and Jesse Wornum on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Credit: Bret Hartman / NBC