Reality TV Television Ratings News - February 2004
Despite airing against not only the usual Friends final season episode but also versus ABC's live broadcast of its The Bachelor: After The Final Rose special, the fifth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars delivered more than 22 million viewers for its fourth consecutive week.
Last week's penultimate episode of ABC's second edition of The Bachelorette drew 11.33 million overall viewers and a 5.1/12 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic, a performance that ranked it as the network's third most watched program of the week (behind Sunday's Super Millionaire premiere and a special Monday February 16 edition of Primetime).
FOX's six-episode My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance series capped off its great ratings run by drawing its big ratings yet during its finale and powering FOX to a win in the Adult 18-49 demographics for the evening.
In announcing the return of Super Millionaire, ABC went out of its way to make it clear that the program was only coming back as a week-long special edition February Sweeps programming event, however if the initial premiere ratings are any indication, the struggling network might have no choice but to rethink those plans.
Despite the fact that for the second week in a row CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation drew over 30 million viewers with a performance that's expected to once again place it as the week's top ranked program, NBC's The Apprentice still managed to draw near series-high Adults 18-49 ratings and achieve the network's best regular programming performance in the time period since September 2002.
The Friends farewell tour might be in full swing, but the All-Stars edition of CBS' Survivor is continuing to show that it's more than capable of holding its own versus the final episodes of the legendary NBC comedy.
ABC's regular series premiere of its new Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home makeover series recruited Sunday night viewers to the network in numbers not seen in a year, leading its lead-out Alias to its highest young women ratings for the season and placing Makeover as the network's third highest rated program for the week ending February 15.
"Da Nudie Bar," our episode summary for the fifth episode of The WB's The Surreal Life 2, written by dabo, has now been posted.
Don't look now, but after initially premiering to ratings figures that were significantly below those of the six-episode first edition of the series, NBC's nine-episode Average Joe 2: Hawaii is now drawing numbers that are greater than all but the last two episodes of the original series.
NBC's Fear Factor set series ratings records last evening as the series' seven-episode couples competition came to an end with engaged couple Chris Jackson and Monica Gonzales of Bedford, Texas winning the program's $1,000,000 prize.
As of this morning, FOX executives are probably pretty happy with the fact that their new The Littlest Groom reality show is simply a two-episode "reality miniseries."
NBC's celebrity-filled second supersized episode of The Apprentice once again delivered a ratings performance that should place it just outside the Top 10 in the week's Nielsen rankings, however clearly it's having little impact on CBS competitor CSI, as last night's CSI episode was the most watched regularly scheduled broadcast on any network this season.
Phoebe might have gotten married on a supersized Friends and The Apprentice might have gotten an early jump on its charity auction, but CBS' emotion-filled third episode of Survivor: All-Stars still held up well in the ratings.
As expected, even with a direct lead-in from a supersized Friends broadcast, NBC's The Apprentice found its first head-to-head competition with an original episode of CBS' CSI a bit more difficult than the previous week's CSI repeat episode matchup.
During the weeks leading up to last week's Survivor: All-Stars premiere, executive producer Mark Burnett touted the series as his "blockbuster" -- and if the early ratings are any indication anything, it appears as though he was right.
Another week, another record ratings performance from the third season of FOX's American Idol.
For one week at least, Average Joe 2: Hawaii's roller coaster ratings ride appears to have finally have settled down.
Airing for the first time in its new 9PM ET/PT timeslot directly versus a repeat episode of CBS' CSI, the fourth episode of NBC's The Apprentice rebounded significantly from the series-low ratings that it had delivered when airing head-to-head versus FOX's American Idol the previous week.
Despite a long-running Super Bowl game that resulted in CBS' post-game broadcast of its Survivor: All-Stars premiere not beginning until nearly 11 PM ET, the program still managed to achieve ratings levels that it had not reached since the finale of 2001's Survivor: The Australian Outback and instantly become the highest ratest entertainment broadcast of the 2003-2004 television season.