TBS’ The Real Gilligan’s Island debuted with more than 7 million viewers.

TBS’ The Real Gilligan’s Island debuted with more than 7 million viewers.
The Real Gilligan’s Island is ” the first breakthrough original TBS has launched since it repositioned itself as a comedy cabler earlier this year,” Variety reports, as the two-hour debut was watched by more than 7 million viewers. The show had “4 million total viewers for the 8 p.m. premiere episode, with an additional 3.2 million showing up for encore airings at 10 p.m. on TNT and 11 p.m. on TBS.” Even better, it “bested 8 p.m. programming on Fox and UPN in adults 18-49 … and led all ad-supported cable in key demos and total viewers in the time period. Premiere also outperformed all broadcast webs but CBS in men 18-49.” The show continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET with its fourth episode, as the third aired on Wednesday night. The first three episodes will also repeat throughout the weekend on TBS.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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