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Reality Ratings Roundup: "Nation," "Nightmares" Have Solid Debuts

knightmares.jpgLast night several networks unveiled new programs, including two new reality shows that were supposed to draw truckloads of viewers. Alas, neither one seemed to hook huge amounts of people.

First at 8 p.m. was the heavily criticized "Kid Nation," a reality show about forty youngsters left to run their own town sans adults. The buzz on this show, both good and bad, has been building all summer, involving accusations of child labor, declarations that children were harmed during filming, sponsors pulling back from the show and television critics not being allowed to advance screen it. It may have all been for nothing- while the show pulled in over 9.1 million viewers, Variety reports that is an "unspectacular" figure. Looking at the number in context, it averaged a similar amount to the finale of Big Brother 8, but less than "Jericho" did in the same time slot last year.

The other big reality show premiere last night was cranky chef Gordon Ramsey's "Kitchen Nightmares." The show, aptly named for some of the fright-fests the chef encounters as he travels America's eateries, raked a decent 6.6 million viewers. Compare that to Ramsey's other show, Hell's Kitchen, which according to Reality Blurred finished its third season with an average of 8.6 million.

None of this really matters though, because once the real television season begins next week, both these shows will probably be left in the dust.--Chris Sardelli


Photo: © 2007 FOX/Eric Leibowitz


Posted by Chris on September 20, 2007 5:34 PM
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Kitchen Nightmares:

Is Ramsey doing his thing in the US now? All the shows I've watched on BBC-America were set in the UK, with occassional excursions to UK ex-pats in, for instance, Spain.

On Weakest Link, in a question, Ann Robinson revealed he'd been voted "the only BBC host scarier than Ann Robinson".

I watched part of Kid's Nation just see what all the shouting was about, but it couldn't sustain my interest through a whole hour.

-- Posted by: Cecil Rose at September 21, 2007 1:19 PM

Yup, Ramsey has moved his show to the U.S. And just in time apparently, because judging by the restaurant he went to this week (Peter's in Babylon, NY), he has a lot of work to do.

-- Posted by: Chris at September 21, 2007 1:56 PM

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