Reality TV Television Ratings News - March 2005
It looks like NBC's The Contender may not be down for the count on Sunday nights after all, despite last week's debacle.
Perhaps the ratings problems that have long plagued CBS's Emmy-winning The Amazing Race are coming to an end ... with a little help from the show's reality TV friends.
So much for any speculation that the poor ratings drawn by this winter's NBC Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search knock-off series might foretell that viewer interest for UPN's spring America's Next Top Model edition would wane.
NBC's aggressive launch strategy for its reality-competition boxing show The Contender took a hard hit to the body on Sunday, March 13, when the third episode -- but the first episode in its intended time slot (Sunday at 8 PM ET/PT) -- hit the airwaves with a resounding thud.
Breath easy Race fans. Based on the ratings results for the first two episodes of the new season of CBS's The Amazing Race it looks like the series has managed to survive the potentially damaging bad taste that The Amazing Race 6 contestant Jonathan Baker's behavior left in many viewers' mouths.
Those people who said that NBC's new reality-competition boxing show The Contender would struggle to find female viewers were correct. Nevertheless, the March 7 premiere of The Contender, while not a huge success, showed promise for the later rounds.