“big debut” ratings for FOX’s Temptation Island.

“big debut” ratings for FOX’s Temptation Island.
Proving the old cliche that “negative publicity from moral crusaders will draw huge crowds,” Temptation Island scored big numbers last night. While it was still behind The West Wing overall, Inside.com reports that the show trounced the first episode of The Mole, which wasn’t privy to protests.
+ update: with 16 million viewers, TI beat Survivor’s debut.

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