Fox’s insane new reality TV show “The Masked Singer,” which tasks everyday celebs with hiding their identities by performing in outrageous costumes, was such a success on Wednesday that it’s going to be rebroadcast this weekend. The season premiere attracted 9.4 million total viewers and a 3.0 rating during its first airing and is hoping to nab even more eyeballs Saturday at 9/8c for what Fox is dubbing a “special encore.”
Per our sister site TV Line, “The Masked Singer” gave Fox its best demo numbers for a Wednesday program since a 2016 episode of “Empire.” The 3.0 rating matches the third season premiere of “This Is Us” over at NBC as the highest-rated entertainment program of the 2018-19 TV season. Its numbers are also the best for a reality TV show’s series premiere in a whopping eight years, since Fox’s own “The X Factor” in 2011.
If you missed the watercooler episode on Wednesday, Fox is giving you another chance on Saturday to watch the six masked celebrities battle against each other in three sing-offs: Peacock vs. Hippo, Unicorn vs. Monster and Lion vs. Deer. The celebs duke it out in front of a live studio audience and an A-list judging panel consisting of Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke.
One singer loses each week and is then “unmasked” as the audience finally learns who was hiding under the costume. The first eliminated singer — SPOILER ALERT — was Hippo, who removed his costumed head to reveal Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
We’ve analyzed the clues that each gave act gave as to their identities before they performed as well as the comments of the four judges. If you dare, read our theories as to the names of the five remaining contestants: the Deer, Lion, Monster, Peacock and Unicorn.
The next all-new episode of “The Masked Singer” will air Wednesday, January 9 at 9/8c on Fox, following “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.” The six costumed celebs set to make their debut next week are Rabbit, Alien, Raven, Pineapple, Poodle and Bee. Nick Cannon hosts the reality competition series.