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It's Official — Twisty Teen Thriller Cruel Summer Is Freeform's Biggest-Ever Hit

ALSO: Little People Big World Season 22, This Is Us, Money, Explained, and more.
  • Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia star in Cruel Summer. (Photo: Sami Drasin/Freeform)
    Olivia Holt and Chiara Aurelia star in Cruel Summer. (Photo: Sami Drasin/Freeform)

    Freeform is poised to have anything but a Cruel Summer thanks to the success of its new twisty teen thriller. In its first week, Cruel Summer nabbed 3.81 million viewers across Freeform’s various platforms, making it the network’s most-watched series debut ever. The ‘90s-set drama continues tonight with an episode that sees Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) and kidnapping victim Kate (Olivia Holt) crossing paths in yet another bombastic encounter.

    Also today: The Roloffs deal with the everyday realities of the pandemic as Little People, Big World kicks off its 22nd(!) season, This Is Us returns from a month-long break, and Netflix jumps into the world of personal finance in Money, Explained. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:

    NEW EPISODE: The mystery at the center of Freeform's Cruel Summer deepens when Jeanette (Chiara Aurelia) and Kate (Olivia Holt) run into each other at Skylin High’s takeover of the county fair. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on Freeform

    SEASON PREMIERE: The COVID-19 pandemic prompts the Roloffs to do some soul-searching as Little People, Big World begins its 22nd season. Watch as Matt reinvents the family business, Zach explores co-owning and running the farm with his dad, and Amy and her fiancé Chris begin planning their wedding. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on TLC

    NEW EPISODE: NBC favorite This Is Us kicks off the final three episodes of Season 5 with a deep dive into Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) marriage. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on NBC

    COMPLETE SEASON: Netflix and Vox continue their partnership with Money, Explained, a limited docuseries about money and the various minefields that come along with it. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON FINALE: As the third season of Mayans M.C. concludes, Bishop (Michael Irby) pulls the trigger on his carefully-laid plan to become the group’s sole king. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on FX

    NEW EPISODE: With the Season 20 finale rapidly approaching, The Voice is spreading out to Tuesday nights with tonight's Live Top 17 Results show and Wildcard Instant Save round. 8:00 PM ON NBC

    DOCUMENTARY: Alex Gibney concludes his epic indictment of Big Pharma and lays out where we go from here as HBO airs The Crime of the Century Part 2. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODES: The Duplass brothers’ Cinema Toast experiment continues with two new episodes, one a pro-union jungle adventure, and the other a suburban zombie flick (titled "Attack of the Karens"). 12:00 AM ET and 12:30 AM ET on Showtime

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Cruel Summer, Freeform