Reality TV Television Ratings News - March 2004
Showing no signs of a ratings "hiccup" from the previous week's recap episode, last week's eleventh The Apprentice episode set new series ratings records and scored NBC's highest regular-program rating in the time period since September 2001.
So much for airing forever. At this rate FOX's new "never ending" Forever Eden series will be lucky to still be on the airwaves come April.
Who would have thought that the idea of watching a husky big toothed everyman search for love would prove more appealing to viewers than watching a beautiful raven haired bikini model and Miss USA runner-up do the same?
The Apprentice's most controversial contestant might have been booted the previous week, but according to the final Nielsen ratings, NBC's new hit reality show remained strong as it narrowed the field to only six contestants by booting Philadelphia resident Heidi Bressler.
As could be easily predicted, Fox's new Playing It Straight series, which premiered along with the quirky Wonderfalls drama as part of the network's new Friday night lineup, struggled in its debut in the evening known as Fox's ratings black hole.
Airing against another of NBC's "Friends Faves" viewer's choice Friends episode, the seventh episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars once again cleaned up in the ratings, winning both its half hours in total viewers, households and the key Adults 18-49 demographic.
ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' continues strong ratings, again beats 'Cold Case' in Adults 18-49March 10, 2004
ABC's new Sunday night Extreme Makeover: Home Edition series is continuing its strong ratings performance for the struggling network, drawing 10.2 million viewers to its latest March 7 broadcast and beating out CBS' established Cold Case in the hour in the key Adult 18-49 demographic (3.9/10 vs. 3.7/9) for the second week in a row.
The Scifi Channel announced Monday that its new Thursday night programming block got off to a great start on March 4, with its new Mad Mad House reality series launching the night with a 1.35 household rating and drawing 1.57 million viewers.
Airing versus a repeat episode of CBS' CSI, the ninth episode of NBC's The Apprentice series set a new total viewer record and finished within 0.2 of a rating point of its best Adults 18-49 demographic rating ever.
Airing versus a repeat episode of NBC's Friends for the first time, the sixth episode of CBS' Survivor: All-Stars performed even better than usual, drawing over 23 million viewers and ranking as the most watched program of the night.
If its premiere ratings are any indication, FOX's new open-ended Forever Eden reality series might not make it through the end of its initial twenty-five episode commitment, never mind airing "forever."
Is the bloom finally off the Bachelor franchise rose, or did much of America just agree that Meredith made a rather boring bachelorette?