Fox's 'Mr. Personality' reality dating show draws strong premiere ratings
By Reality TV World staff, 04/22/2003
USA Today reports that FOX's new "Mr. Personality" reality series got off to a good ratings start Monday night, placing second, with 12.2 million viewers, to CBS' back-to-back Everybody Loves Raymond episodes, which averaged 13.8 million viewers. NBC's Third Watch and ABC's The Practice ranked third and fourth, respectively.
In the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, Mr. Personality decisively won, with a 5.7 rating and 14 share, compared to CBS (4.7 rating, 12 share), NBC (4.1 rating, 10 share), and ABC (2.7 rating, 7 share).
Zap2It notes that "Mr. Personality" drew more viewers than any reality debut since "Survivor: The Amazon," including the latest edition of "The Bachelor." It still has a ways to go to catch FOX's biggest unscripted hit, however. "Joe Millionaire" averaged 18.6 million viewers and a 10.1 rating among the 18-49 set when it debuted in January.