Reality TV Television Ratings News - August 2002
Reuters reports that the frenzy surrounding television hit "American Idol" reached fever pitch late on Wednesday as the Fox TV talent search narrowed its list of contenders to the soulful Kelly Clarkson and hunky Justin Guarini in front of millions of prime time viewers. In the course of the contest, "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" has won some of the summer's highest viewer ratings and on Wednesday attracted its biggest audience yet.
CBS has announced that the August 22nd edition of 'Big Brother 3 Thursday' (6.2/11, 9.64m) had it's best delivery of the summer in households, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 -- and was first in adults 25-54, boomers, men 25-54, women 25-54 and 18-49 and second in households, viewers and adults 18-34. The episode grew at 8:30 PM, up +5% in households, +21% in adults 18-34, +15% in adults 18-49, +11% in adults 25-54 and added 390,000 viewers (9.83m from 9.44m).
CBS announced that the August 25th episode of "Big Brother 3 Wednesday" (6.4/11, 10.24m) won its time period for the sixth consecutive week in adults 25-54, women 25-54 and men 25-54 and the second consecutive week in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 18-34; it was second in households.
ABC has anounced that the season finale of "Mole II: The Next Betrayal" produced ABC's highest rating in the time period among Adults 18-34 (3.9/11) in 9 months (since 11/06/01) with entertainment programming. In addition, the series delivered the Network's best performance in the time-slot with Men 18-34 (3.6/11) in nearly 1 year (since 9/25/01) with entertainment programming. The ABC reality series attracted 7.4 million viewers and a 3.5 rating, 10 share with Adults 18-49, placing a solid second to Fox's "American Idol" on both measures.
The Wednesday, August 14th edition of BIG BROTHER 3, filled with intensified back-stabbing, plotting and counter-plotting as well as the veto competition, was the most watched episode of the summer and also posted its highest ratings on any night in adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, Aug. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network.
Reuters reports that E! Entertainment said Tuesday that the debut of its 'The Anna Nicole Show' "reality" show starring former Playboy Playmate and Texas oil tycoon widow Anna Nicole Smith ranked as its highest-rated program premiere ever and was also the top debut for a reality show on basic cable.
ABC has announced that the second-to-last telecast of "Mole II: The Next Betrayal" attracted the series' largest audience (8.2 million) and second-highest Adults 18-49 rating (3.5/10). The July 30th episode of the ABC reality series placed a solid second to Fox's "American Idol" on both measures, easily beating NBC's comedies ("Frasier"/"Scrubs" - 7.1 million & 2.9/9) and CBS "The Guardian" (7.0 million & 1.6/5).