Top Model 5 finale, Project Runway 2 debut score big for their networks

On Wednesday evening, two networks scored big with the conclusion and debut of two of their signature reality series.

UPN’s Top Model 5 finale was watched by an average of 6.3 million viewers. In key demographics, the show “finished first in its 8 p.m. timeslot among 18-34s, and was also a competitive second place among 18-49s,” according to Media Life. And that “make[s] it the highest-rated finale the show has had since it moved to the Wednesday 8 p.m. timeslot in 2004.”

Meanwhile, on Bravo, the debut of Project Runway 2 was the “highest rated series premiere ever on a Wednesday night in the history of the network while shattering the ratings from the first season opener,” Bravo said in a press release. While 924,000 viewers tuned in, far more than the number of people who watched last season’s debut, that was still shy of the 2.5 million viewers who watched the season one finale.

UPN’s ‘Top Model’ in grand exit strut [Media Life Magazine]
Season Two Of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’ Peaks At More Than One Million Viewers [Bravo press release]

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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