Reality TV Television Ratings News - November 2003
'The Bachelor: After the Final Rose' takes a bite out of 'Survivor's ratings, draws 9.2 million viewersNovember 22, 2003
According to the Fast Affiliate Ratings, ABC's November 20 The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special fared well in the highly competitive Thursday 8PM ET/PT time slot, placing a distant third to NBC's Friends and CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands, but managing to steal viewers from Survivor and deliver ABC's largest entertainment programming audience and highest Adult 18-49 rating in the hour since February 20, 2003.
Credit Bachelor Bob Guiney with helping NBC's Friends accomplish what it hadn't been able to do alone during the November sweeps period -- top Survivor: Pearl Islands as the time slot's most watched program.
According to the fast affiliate ratings for November 19, ABC's season finale of The Bachelor starring Bob Guiney drew an average audience of 18.5 million viewers and earned an 8.7 rating, 21 share among Adults 18-49 during its 2-hour telecast.
If, as some critics charge, the "Fab Five" are being overexposed, then someone forgot to tell the viewing public, because the effects aren't being felt in their program's ratings. At least not yet.
ABC might have only aired a reunion special of The Bachelor last week instead of an original episode of Bob Guiney's reality dating saga, but viewers didn't seem to mind, as the network's The Bachelor: The Women Tell All special drew only 1.1 million fewer viewers than the previous week's penultimate episode and still won its timeslot in the Adults 18-49 demographic.
The ratings for NBC's Monday, November 17 third episode of Average Joe are in, and there's both good news and bad news for the network. The good news is that the episode drew 700,000 more viewers than last week's second episode and its Adults 18-49 rating was up 15% over the prior week. The bad news that the numbers were still down significantly from the program's premiere.
'Survivor: Pearl Islands' attracts its largest audience yet, tops 'Friends' for third consecutive weekNovember 14, 2003
According to the final national Nielsen ratings for Thursday, November 13, Survivor: Pearl Islands topped NBC's Friends for the third consecutive week in total viewers and drew the program's largest audience yet.
Mediaweek.com reports that the new approach toward the reality sequel The Next Joe Millionaire adopted by Fox -- airing episodes back-to-back on Monday nights -- didn't change the show's continuing record of Nielsen ratings failures.
The second episode of NBC's Average Joe drew decent ratings for the evening of Monday, November 10, ranking third in its highly competitive time period (airing versus CBS' CSI: Miami and ABC's Monday Night Football), however in a potentially ominous development, the broadcast drew significantly fewer viewers than last week's premiere episode.
'Survivor: Pearl Islands' (once again) draws best ratings since premiere, tops 'Friends' in total viewersNovember 7, 2003
According to preliminary Nielsen affiliate based ratings for Thursday, November 6, Survivor: Pearl Islands topped NBC's Friends for the second consecutive week in total viewers and scored the programs's best ratings performance since its September premiere.
Despite placing second to CBS' surprisingly strong 37th Annual Country Music Association Awards telecast, ABC's November 5 episode of The Bachelor was the top rated series in its hour, beating NBC's The West Wing by 6% in total viewers (13.3 million vs. 12.5 million) and by a wider margin of 58% among Adults 18-49 (6.0/15 vs. 3.8/9) according to Nielsen's Fast Affiliate Ratings.
'Average Joe' draws best Adults 18-49 new reality series premiere ratings since FOX's original 'Joe Millionaire'November 4, 2003
NBC’s new reality series Average Joe got off to a above-average start last night, improving by 45 percent on the network’s Adults 18-49 average in the time period so far this season. It’s NBC’s highest in-season rating with regular programming in that hour since May 2002 and the highest Adults 18-49 result for a new reality-show series premiere on any network since January 2003.
ABC's The Bachelor won its 9PM timeslot for Wednesday, October 29th according to Nielsen's Fast National ratings. The sixth episode of The Bachelor was the top draw in its time slot, drawing 14.1 million total viewers, a 9.0/14 rating/share, and a 6.4/16 in the important Adults 18-49 demographic..