Kid Nation, Kitchen Nightmares have “solid but unspectacular” debut ratings

The two new reality series that debuted last night “delivered similarly solid but unspectacular” ratings, Variety reports.

In its debut, Kid Nation was watched by 9.1 million viewers, about a half-million more than watched Big Brother 8‘s finale the night before. The new CBS series also “won the 8 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 — and kids 2-11,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At 9, Kitchen Nightmares was watched by 6.6 million viewers, and it “built nicely in its second half-hour,” Variety says. While Last Comic Standing 5‘s finale was watched by 7.1 million viewers, Gordon Ramsay had more viewers ages 18 to 49, according to THR.

New season off to slow start [Variety]
‘Kid Nation’ wins demo; ‘Back to You’ strong [Hollywood Reporter]

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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