Debuting on November 30, the first edition of TBS's reality adaptation of the classic 1960's sitcom proved a hit with viewers, drawing more than seven million viewers and outperforming over-the-air networks Fox and UPN among the Adults 18-49 demographic during the 8PM hour. Despite airing on an unusual multi-episode multi-night broadcast schedule, The Real Gilligan's Island finished its eight-episode run as cable's #1 new reality series of 2004.
Like the network's original adaptation of the classic Sherwood Schwartz comedy, The Real Gilligan's Island 2 will feature two teams of castaways who "personify" the original Gilliganís Island characters becoming stranded on an island and attempting to find a way off. Among the new edition's highlights -- an accident that results in one of the Gingers being rushed to the hospital and a love triangle between a Gilligan, a Mary Ann, and a Professor.
The Real Gilligan's Island had marked TBS's third attempt at finding an original hit reality-comedy series of its own following its spring rebranding as television's "very funny" network. Outback Jack, its first attempt, had premiered to 2.1 million viewers in June 2004, while the more campy He's A Lady had debuted to 1.7 million viewers in October 2004.
Previous to TBS's "very funny" rebranding, House Rules, a home renovation competition series, drew dismal ratings during its broadcast as part of the network's Fall 2003 primetime schedule.