Reality TV Television Ratings News - January 2005
Showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in its fourth season, Fox's American Idol dominated the television ratings during last week's two premiere week broadcasts.
Many television industry insiders - including Fox's own network president Gail Berman -- had doubted whether American Idol could continue its monster ratings numbers as the now "maturing" show entered its fourth season. Well, if the preliminary ratings numbers for last night's special two-hour Idol debut are any indication, the fourth season will not only match the ratings highs of last year's American Idol 3, but may very well even exceed them.
Wickedly Perfect might be the title of the show, but no one will be using that phrase to describe the debut ratings performance of CBS's new domestic diva search reality show.
The series premiere of NBC's new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search reality series failed to make much of a rating splash last week, delivering one of NBC's better performances in the time period this season, but still getting slammed by ABC's first new Lost episode of the year.
Bravo's Heidi Klum-hosted Project Runway returned to the airwaves with a vengeance last week, sashayed its way to record ratings in its post-holiday return from a two-week hiatus.