In the face of the 63% increase in audience, an NBC spokesperson said that Queer Eye was "gaining the same type of momentum that The Osbournes had" during its debut season on MTV. In addition, Carson Kressley, one of the "Fab Five" doing the makeovers, has been gathering Simon Cowell-like publicity.
Bravo's other new gay-oriented (or is that woman-oriented?) reality show, Boy Meets Boy, which premiered last night in the time slot just before Queer Eye, matched the ratings of the Queer Eye premiere, drawing 1.6 million viewers itself. Of course, some of those viewers may just have been drawn to the controversy about having straight guys mixed in among the gays in the bachelor pool. But who's complaining about why people watch?