Reality TV Television Ratings News - October 2003
'Survivor: Pearl Islands' draws best ratings since premiere, knocks off 'Friends' for the first time since 'Survivor: Australia'October 31, 2003
According to Nielsen preliminary affiliate based ratings for October 30, the evening's Survivor: Pearl Islands episode was the most watched and highest rated in Adults 18-49 Survivor: Pearl Islands broadcast since its September premiere.
Fox's The Next Joe Millionaire opened with a thud in the ratings. Did the numbers improve once baseball ended and Fox added a second weekly episode? Unfortunately for Fox, no.
Despite airing against the season premiere of FOX's 24 real-time serial drama, the two-hour series finale of Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show drew big ratings on Tuesday night -- at least "big" for the freshly relaunched basic cable network.
While last night's Florida Marlins / New York Yankees World Series game might have been alluring to some viewers, clearly it wasn't able to pack the ratings punch of last week's seventh game of the Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees ALCS, as CBS's broadcast of Survivor: Pearl Islands won its 8-9PM timeslot versus FOX's World Series game and NBC's combined Friends/Scrubs sitcoms.
NBC's Fear Factor continued its Fall 2003 ratings growth this week, despite the much-hyped premiere of FOX's The Next Joe Millionaire. Fear Factor outscored the deeply disappointing premiere of the Joe Millionaire sequel by a 59 percent margin among adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall.
It appears that just as with Temptation Island 2, a second trip back to the Joe Millionaire well might have been one trip too many for both FOX and the Rocket Science production company that produced both series. According to the initial overnight ratings, the premiere of the network's much-hyped The Next Joe Millionaire series struggled mightily, drawing only a 5.2/ 7 rating/share and fewer than seven million viewers.
Airing versus Red Sox/Yankees ALCS Game 7, 'Survivor: Pearl Islands' still draws 19.35 million viewersOctober 17, 2003
Last night's ratings reconfirmed what anyone visiting this website probably already knew -- Survivor fans are diehard viewers.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reports that the first Nielsen ratings of the 2003-04 season contain bad news for the six broadcast networks. Viewership in the critical 18-34 demographic has dropped from the prior year by 12%.
It's still early, but if the initial returns are any indication, ABC's counter-programming strategy of airing its popular Extreme Makeover realty series on Thursday at 9PM ET versus the hit lineups of CBS and NBC is showing signs of paying off.
TLC's Sunday night two-hour premiere of Trading Spaces $100 Grand drew record numbers of viewers for the network, making it the highest-rated TLC program ever and setting several 2003 cable broadcast records.
Without a super-sized "Friends" airing against it this week, CBS's Survivor: Pearl Islands found smoother ratings sailing, and, although NBC will likely still win Thursday among adults 18-49 once the nationals are released, the performance helped lead CBS over the once unstoppable NBC lineup in the overnight ratings.
After four seasons, is the bloom starting to come off ABC's The Bachelor? In addition to having to deal with airing against an apparent resurgent The West Wing from NBC, it looks like ABC's The Bachelor is going to also have to deal with a second tough timeslot competitor -- CBS's relocated The King Of Queens series.