The Trill of Victory, the Agony of the Feet -
It's fall! Are you excited
yet? I know I am. "Dancing with the Stars", "Survivor", the daily quizzers, and
an end to this crazy summer weather in Carolina. I'm surprised that you're not
ready for fall...
Well, even if you aren't, I have some premiere
numbers for you in primetime, and here they are. First up, the reason why this
So which side are you on in the great debate
concerning "Survivor: Cook Islands"? Are you on the side that says that "it's
just a game show and there are far more important things going on in the world"?
Are you on the side that says "racism is not fodder for a game show"? Are you on
the side that says "Hey, we have more minorities than we do white people this
year! Let's bring it on!"? Are you on the side that couldn't give a rat's
No matter what tribe of thought you ally yourself
with, it all goes back to what was said in last week's column. I solely believe
that Mark Burnett's sole purpose is, was, and always will be, was to generate a
buzz around the show going into premiere week. Nothing more, nothing less. He
didn't want to get people angry enough to write vitriols calling for the head of
light entertainment. He didn't want to have to justify this position. He just
Well, Mr. Burnett... Mission accomplished.
The show's premiere one week before the official
start of the fall season racked up a time-slot winning 10.9/18 in the
overnights, 17.71 million viewers, and a 6.3/20 among adults 18-49. Expect final
numbers push that figure close to about what was scored last year with the
premiere of "Survivor Guatemala" (which debuted to the following overnight
ratings for households [11.2/18], viewers [17.78 million], and adults 18-49
[6.4/19] on Thursday, September 15, 2005), although you would've expected that
with all the buzz flying around on the show, there'd be more viewers.
I guess in the end, the show is the show, no
matter how you divide it up.
If there is a silver lining to all of this, it's
that the Cook Islands "Survivor" premiere scored more than the Exile Island
premiere, 10.9/18 in households over 9.9/15.
If Tuesday night and Wednesday night are any
indication, we may be in for the best season of "Dancing with the Stars" yet.
The Tuesday show, in which we met all of the
dancers and their partners, scored thusly according to Mediaweek: 14.3/22 in the
overnights, 20.06 million viewers and a 5.7/15 among adults 18-49, handily
beating the final numbers for the season 2 premiere in January, which scored a
12.7/18, 17.46 million viewers, and 4.8/12 in adults 18-49) by 13 percent in the
overnights, 2.60 million viewers and 19 percent among adults 18-49.
As for Wednesday, which saw Tucker Carlson being
rightly handed his walking papers on a silver platter, the showing of a 12.2/19
in the overnights, 16.31 million viewers and a 4.1/12 among adults 18-49
defeated all oncomers.
Truly "Dancing with the Stars" is a true rarity,
a summer show that sells itself and becomes a success in the regular season. And
rightly so, because it is a quality production, especially given its live
performances, its once-in-a-blue-moon technical gaffes, and, well, Samantha
For the week ending September 3, fortunes changed
in the ever-fickle world of the game show in syndication. If you remember, last
week, everything was up except "Wheel of Fortune", which was pretty steady. This
week, the game show pariah was "Family Feud," down five percent from last year
with a 2.1, still relatively par for the course as far as that's concerned.
Meanwhile "Wheel" spun up one percent from last year with a 6.8, same as last
week more or less. "Jeopardy!" is second with a 5.5, up 2 percent from last
year, and up a tenth from last week. "Millionaire" was even on both fronts with
Keep in mind that these are all repeat showings.
We won't get a definitive idea as to how the new season is faring for another
two weeks. Sorry, gang.
The Weekly Rant, or high-definition thinking
for low-definition screens.
John O'Hurley is the second coming of Richard
Oh yeah. I totally went there. I'll say it again.
John O'Hurley is the second coming of Richard
We all remember that when it came to the Family
Feud, Richard was all business except when it came down to playing off of a
contestant. And even when you did it, exude class as if to say.. well, I can't
explain it properly, but I will paraphrase a quote made by little Stewie Griffin
about Brian... "I'm the dog, I read Harper's and listen to NPR, but I'm not
above chewing on grass clippings and chasing my own tail."
I probably completely screwed that line up, but
the point remains, that's John O'Hurley in a nutshell... and that's also Richard
Dawson in a nutshell.
Let's go back for a bit. Richard Dawson was one
of the regular cutups who always had a quip no matter what the occasion on
"Match Game". And then came "Family Feud," where he exuded class, especially
with his poignant speech at the end of the show's run. Granted, he was often a
pain in Mark Goodson's ass sometimes, but you never saw it. Or at least I never
Unless you're talking about the 1994-1995 season,
but we'll just pretend that didn't exist. Hard to do, I know, but just follow me
Now here we have a classically trained
actor/singer in John O'Hurley, who ran the gamut in show business - he was on
soap operas, he did "Celebrity Spelling Bee", he was the moderator of "To Tell
the Truth", he poked fun at his stature in car insurance commercials, he played
Billy Flynn on Broadway, he played J. Peterman on "Seinfeld" - he pretty much
did anything he could just because he can, and he proved that he was incredibly
adept at doing it.
Did we mention dancing? Just like Dawson ran the
gauntlet of what a person in the limelight can do, O'Hurley (or "O'Ho-ley,", as
Gordon affectionately calls him) can do the same. And judging by this week's
first Feuds, he can do it for as long as FremantleMedia will allow him.
Just as long as he doesn't end up falling for one
of his contestants. Never mind the fact that his wife and unborn child may find
it a bit, well, awkward, but that's a whole 'nother can of S&P beans right
Chico Alexander would also appreciate it if he
didn't take a jab at whatever else was on at the time. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.