Reality TV Television Ratings News - May 2003
'The Amazing Race 4' premiere draws best premiere ratings since 1st 'Race,' draws just under 10 million viewersMay 30, 2003
The final Nielsen ratings for May 29th are in, and CBS had an "amazing" Thursday, winning the night in viewers, households, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 as the start of "The Amazing Race 4" posted its highest rated and most watched premiere episode since the series' inaugural race.
Ratings: NBC's 'Fame' premiere wins timeslots, draws more total viewers last summer's 'American Idol' premiereMay 29, 2003
NBC reports that the network's new talent-reality series “Fame” got off to a sizzling start last night, winning its 8-10 p.m. ET slot by a commanding 45 percent margin among adults 18-49 and delivering NBC’s highest rating in the time period since Dec. 11.
NBC has announced that “Dog Eat Dog” returned to the NBC schedule on Tuesday evening with strong slot-winning results and a solid increase in 18-49 rating with each successive half-hour through the 8-10PM. ET block.
Zap2It.com reports that the 2002-03 May Sweeps period ended Wednesday night on a very high note for FOX, as the finale of "American Idol" blew away its competition. The first hour of "Idol," featuring the mother of all recapping and foot-dragging, averaged 16.9/27 at 8PM. At 9PM, "American Idol" grew to a 20.3/29, with nearly 40 million people watching the final half-hour as Ruben Studdard was named the winner over Clay Aiken.
Mediaweek reports that as America gears up for the season finale, last night's installment of Fox's "American Idol" scored a whopping 16.9/25 from 8-9 p.m. -- 69 percent above the season finale of CBS's JAG (10.0/15) and the program's best ratings of the season. More than 27 million viewers tuned in to watch Clay and Ruben sing their final songs.
Despite other media reports that the ratings for the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor" were a relative disappointment, ABC reports that the show drew an average audience of 15.0 million viewers during its 2- hour telecast, with 17.5 million viewers tuning in to the final half-hour (10:30-11:00 p.m.) of the program to watch Andrew Firestone propose to Chicago resident Jennifer Schefft.
The final weekly ratings are in, and CBS reports that the finale of "Survivor: The Amazon" was the third most watched program of the week, averaging 22.29 million viewers.
CBS has announced that an average of nearly 22 million viewers watched Jenna outwit, outplay and outlast Matthew and be crowned the ultimate "survivor," according to Nielsen preliminary affiliate based ratings for Sunday, May 11. For those wondering, this is down over 2 million viewers from the "Survivor: Thailand" finale of 24.08 million viewers (which itself was down almost 2 million viewers from the 25.9 million viewers of last May's "Survivor: Marquesas.")
ABC reports that continuing to build its audience on each week since its premiere, the April 30th episode of the third series of "The Bachelor" scored its highest ratings yet in viewers and across all key adult demos. Versus the prior week, "The Bachelor" was up in Total Viewers (13.3 million vs. 12.9 million), Adults 18-49 (6.4/16 vs. 6.2/15) and Adults 18-34 (7.1/19 vs. 6.8/19).
ABC reports that with it's solid retention of its "The Bachelor" young adult lead-in, the April 30th episode of "Extreme Makeover" beat NBC's "Law & Order" for the second week in a row in Adults 18-34 (4.9/15 vs. 4.5/13) to win its time period.