NEW YORK – NBC is thinking of re-airing "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" — again.
The hit cable reality show, which airs on sister network Bravo, snared 2.8 million viewers Tuesday night — a whopping 63 percent increase from the 1.6 million viewers who tuned in the week before.
"We're definitely considering re-airing ['Queer Eye'] on the network," an NBC spokeswoman said yesterday.
"The show is gaining the same type of momentum that the 'Osbournes' had," she said, referring to the MTV reality show which grew by leaps and bounds after premiering.
The July 15 debut of "Queer Eye" on Bravo set a record for the network by attracting 1.6 million viewers.
That, in turn, spurred NBC to re-air a half-hour version of the "Queer Eye" premiere nine days later. That episode averaged 6.9 million viewers, not bad by summer viewing standards.
This Tuesday's "Queer Eye" episode was preceded by the debut of Bravo's gay dating show, "Boy Meets Boy," which averaged 1.6 million viewers at 9 p.m.
The twist in that show is that the gay man looking for a boyfriend is unaware that one of the contestants is actually straight.
In "Queer Eye," five gay men set out to "remake" a straight man by redoing his physical appearance (hair, clothes, etc.) and even renovating his living space.
The show has turned one of the "Fab Five," Carson Kressley, into a breakout star.