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    TV Viewers Feast Eyes on NBC's 'Restaurant'

    TV Viewers Feast Eyes on NBC's 'Restaurant'
    Mon Aug 18, 7:20 PM ET
    By Cynthia Littleton

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Restaurant" was booked solid on Sunday.

    The NBC reality series was the standout on a night of weak ratings for the Big Four broadcast networks, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.

    "The Restaurant" averaged 8.2 million viewers and 4.0 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, which marked the highest 18-49 demo score of any program on the night and helped NBC tie Fox for the night in the coveted demo (2.6/8).

    CBS led in total viewers (8.4 million), thanks to a good start at 7 p.m. with "60 Minutes" (10 million, 1.9/7) and 8 p.m. rerun of "Without a Trace" (9.5 million, 2.1/7). Fox was buoyed as always by "The Simpsons" (7.1 million, 3.0/10) and an hour of "Malcolm in the Middle" reruns (7.2 million, 3.1/9) from 9-10 p.m.

    ABC was dragged down by the weakness of its X Games coverage from 7-9 p.m. -- the second hour of the extreme sports fest dropped to cable-level viewing levels (3.3 million). ABC's fortunes picked up from 9-11 p.m. with a rerun of the conclusion of miniseries "Stephen King's Storm of the Century" (5.5 million, 2.2/6).


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    There is just waaaay too much reality on TV these days; anyone watching these shows can tell how contrived they are.... and with another reality show contestant ending up with an acting gig (on Passions; following Kyle from Real World on Days of Our Lives; and several roles for Joe Millionaire himself), this is solidly becoming a way for people to get discovered... and everyone knows that the more outrageous they get, the more on screen time theyve got... Things get recreated all the time - I just read something about that - dont remember if it was THE RESTAURANT or some other show, but it happens constantly so th eres really not much real in any of these shows, and as a viewer, it kind of makes you feel like youre being taken for a ride

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