Reality TV Television Ratings News - December 2003
Was World Idol a ratings smash? Or was it a flop? The answer depends upon the country from which you were watching.
The final ratings results are in for the Sunday, December 14 finale of Survivor: Pearl Islands, and, as expected, the program dominated the evening, drawing over 25 million viewers and hitting ratings highs not seen since the May 2002 finale of the Survivor: Marquesas.
The December 10 two-hour conclusion of Trista & Ryan's Wedding soared over its Wednesday night competition, drawing 17.1 million viewers and carrying ABC to a ratings win for the evening.
With its two-hour finale set for broadcast on Sunday, December 14, the December 11 penultimate episode of Survivor: Pearl Islands attracted the program's best ratings yet, drawing its largest audience and placing first in viewers, households, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.
The series finale of Average Joe drew 17.4 million overall viewers and propelled NBC to its highest Adults 18-49 demographic rating with series programming in the Monday 9-11 PM ET slot in more than 10 years.
Airing versus a repeat episode of NBC's Friends, the December 4 broadcast of CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands dominated its time period as it drew season-high ratings and was the evening's most watched program.
For those keeping track, it looks like FOX's "a rising tide will lift all boats" unusual 8:30 PM programming strategy is paying off well for the network, as Wednesday's second episode of the series not only scored more great ratings, but also brought season-high ratings to its lead-in and lead-out programs.
'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' premiere draws 12 million viewers, defeats 'Law & Order' in Adults 18-49December 7, 2003
According to the initial overnight ratings, the series premiere of ABC's new Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home makeover show was a hit with viewers, drawing 12 million viewers and placing second in the overall ratings to NBC's Law & Order powerhouse, but becoming the first series to be an original episode of Law & Order in the Adults 18-49 in over three and a half years.
According to Fast Affiliate Ratings for December 3, Part 2 of ABC's Trista & Ryan's Wedding special ranked No. 1 in its hour, drawing more viewers than second-place NBC's The West Wing (13.2 million vs. 12.9 million).
FOX's 'The Simple Life' premiere draws 13 million viewers and the night's highest Adults 18-49 ratingDecember 3, 2003
The initial ratings results are in for Tuesday's The Simple Life premiere and they are pretty much as expected -- for probably the first time this fall season, FOX actually has some good news series ratings information to report.
According to updated in-home viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research, the December 1 penultimate episode of NBC's Average Joe set new series ratings highs, drawing 14.1 million overall viewers and a 7.2/18 rating/share in the Adults 18-49 demographic.