As of 2015, “Lip Sync Battle” and “Ink Master” rank among the most popular shows televised on Spike. According to TheWrap.com, “Lip Sync Battle” averaged a total of 2.9 million viewers per episode during the show’s first eight weeks. Its debut episode delivered 2.2 million live viewers and 3.4 million viewers when including a week of DVR playback. According to Spike, the sixth season of “Ink Master” ranked number one in its timeslot with adults from age 18 to 34.
“Lip Sync Battle” is a musical comedy show that originated from an idea Stephen Merchant introduced to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The idea included having two celebrities battling each other with lip sync performances. The segment later turned into its own TV show after Fallon and others pitched the show to Spike. As of 2015, the show is hosted by LL Cool J and has featured celebrities such as Dwayne Johnson and Mike Tyson.
“Ink Master” is an American reality series that features tattoo artists who compete against each other based on artistic skills. In each episode, one or more contestants are eliminated after being judged by renowned tattoo artists and enthusiasts. As of 2015, the show’s winner receives $100,000 and a feature in Inked Magazine.