Reality TV Television Ratings News - August 2003
CBS's "Big Brother 4" keeps getting bigger, attracting 10.29 million viewers, its largest audience of the summer as well as its highest rating among adults 18-49, according to final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, August 27.
Once again, NBC's summer strategy of multiple reality shows has led it to success among viewers 18-49 in the Nielsen ratings for the week ending August 18. MediaWeek reports that, although CBS continued to lead the overall Nielsens this week, NBC's reality shows, which took 5 of the top 12 places, propelled NBC to #1 among 18-49s, considered to be the most desirable market for advertisers.
NBC’s “The Restaurant” concluded its summer 2003 run with the evening's #1 rating for any program on any network among adults 18-49.
NBC's August 21 re-broadcast of Bravo’s popular “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (10-11 p.m. ET) smashed its own audience records and helped NBC tie for first among adults 18-49 for the night.
Chip and Reichen's victory in the exciting finale of "The Amazing Race 4" gave the show its highest numbers across-the-board since its May 29 premiere on the CBS Television Network.
Well, the distinction probably deserves a asterisk next to it due to the East Coast blackout, but with “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?,” “For Love or Money 2” and “The Restaurant” scoring the week’s #1, #2 and #5 ratings respectively, NBC has claimed its 12th straight weeklong victory among adults 18-49. NBC’s “Fear Factor” also impressively boosted the network, tying for the week’s #6 ranking.
The Monday August 18 episode of the summer's #3 ranked series, "For Love Or Money 2," scored its best Nielsen ratings to date.
Bravo’s original hit series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” continued its record-shattering run this week, once again establishing new network records for adult 25-54 viewers, adult 18-49 viewers, overall total viewers and household rating with its August 19 first-run episode.
NBC’s “The Restaurant” scored its highest numbers yet last night, winning the Sunday, 10-11 PM ET hour in virtually all key categories and matching or beating its competition combined in several demographics. With Sunday night’s highest adult 18-49 rating on any network, “The Restaurant” led NBC to a tie for the nightlong victory, the fifth time in six weeks NBC has earned at least a share of the Sunday lead.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the recent ratings for FOX's Paradise Hotel are continuing to improve to the point that the Adults 18-49 ratings for Wednesday, August 13 episode came close to besting those of CBS' Big Brother 4 in their 9PM ET head-to-head showdown.
NBC has announced that the August 10 fourth episode of “The Restaurant” won its hour in all key demographics, with a commanding 46 percent margin of victory among adults 18-49. “The Restaurant” built by a best-yet 13 percent on its 18-49 lead-in from the hit drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
Who Wants To Marry My Dad?, NBC's summer spinoff from Meet My Folks, racked up dynamite ratings for its season finale, according to Hollywood Reporter. The show drew 11.2 million viewers to see Don Mueller's children pair him up with bachelorette Christena, beating CSI: Miami. This was Dad's best rating ever and probably assured it a top-5 finish for the week -- surprisingly strong numbers for a Monday night. Maybe Monday nights are good for something other than football....
According to the final Nielsen ratings, the Wednesday, August 6 episode of "Big Brother 4" posted the program's highest adult 18-49 and adult 25-54 ratings of the series run and was most watched "Big Brother 4" episode on any night this summer.
'Last Comic Standing' finale suffers ratings drop, while winner Dat Phan and others book future gigsAugust 6, 2003
The votes are in, but were there enough of them? E! Online reports that the ratings for NBC's 2-hour Last Comic Standing finale declined from the ratings of the final performance episode the week before. The finale drew 8.2 million viewers, down from the 8.5 million who had watched the final performances (which placed the show 19th in last week's Nielsens). Although the finale won its time slot in the preliminary ratings, it also drew a smaller audience than the weekly average of 8.3 million viewers. Considering that Last Comic Standing, unlike most reality shows, declined in the ratings as it went along, dropping from a 9.7 million viewer premiere, a second edition can politely be described as questionable.
NBC's new marriage-oriented reality series “Race to the Altar” struggled during its Wednesday 8PM ET July 30 premiere, drawing only 5.7 overall viewers. The sad thing is that despite the struggles, the series actually improved NBC's Wednesday 8-9 PM Adult 18-49 ratings versus the typical July performance of timeslot-predecessor “Fame.”