Reality TV Television Ratings News - November 2004
Don't look now, but NBC's The Biggest Loser is proving to be a winner where it counts -- the Nielsen ratings.
CBS's two-time Emmy-winning The Amazing Race returned to the network's fall schedule with a bang last evening, drawing the reality program's best debut ratings since the September 5, 2001 premiere of its inaugural Fall 2001 edition.
Richard Branson might be a billionaire, but as Mark Cuban learned earlier this fall when his ABC The Benefactor series struggled, in addition to happiness, money also apparently can't buy Nielsen ratings.
'$25 Million Dollar Hoax' debut gets swamped by 'CSI: Miami' special, draws only 7.1 million viewersNovember 15, 2004
CBS's special 90-minute CSI: Miami episode swamped the premiere of NBC's three-part $25 Million Dollar Hoax reality hoax miniseries on Monday. Facing a special tidal wave-themed CSI: Miami episode that began 30-minutes before $25 Million Dollar Hoax's 10PM ET/PT debut, Hoax's premiere drew 7.1 million overall viewers and a 3.2/8 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic.
So much for Fox's hope that its new My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss reality hoax series was going to a big fat ratings hit similar to last winter's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance series. Instead Boss seems destined to follow in the footsteps of the "sequel" to another Fox smash hit Fox reality show -- 2003's disappointing The Next Joe Millionaire.
Don't look now but it appears a new reality ratings titan has quietly joined the ranks of CBS's Survivor, Fox's American Idol, and NBC's The Apprentice -- ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
So much for the idea that Fox's decision to move one of its few popular scripted progams, The O.C., to Thursday evenings was going to hurt CBS's Survivor.
Just as with this summer's Trading Spouses/Wife Swap controversy, Fox again beat ABC to the airwaves with its Nanny 911 child rearing knockoff of ABC's upcoming Supernanny. And once again, it looks like the decision appears to have paid off for Fox.