Fox achieves 'Fame' with new '30 Seconds to Fame' reality series
By Reality TV World staff, 07/19/2002
Variety reports that it took only 30 minutes for Fox's latest reality series, "30 Seconds to Fame," to achieve the look like a hit, but the ratings news wasn't quite as good for the network's other Wednesday premiere, reality/comedy hybrid "Meet the Marks."
The premiere of "30 Seconds," something of a modern-day "Gong Show," topped its 8 p.m. half-hour in the key demo of adults 18-49 (3.8 rating, 14 share) and won with ease in adults 18-34 (4.4/18), according to Nielsen. It also led in total viewers (8. 07 million). At 8:30, "Meet the Marks" won its slot in adults 18-34 (3.9/14) and was a strong second in 18-49 (3.2/11), but it lost 4 and 3 shares, respectively, from its strong lead-in and was fourth in overall audience (6.47 million).
Elsewhere on the night, Fox's "American Idol" (4.8/14 in adults 18-49) dominated its 9:30 half-hour in all key demos and also won in viewers (9.39m).