‘Gilligan’ a Ratings Winner

12/23/2004 6:41 AM Eastern

The Real Gilligan’s Island will return. A second season of TBS’s limited comedic reality series, which completed its initial eight-episode first-season run in fine Nielsen fettle Tuesday night, will wash up again next summer, according to Turner officials.

The show — in which two sets of “castaways” who personify the characters on the 1960s CBS sitcom were stranded on an island and challenged to find a way off—finished with a two-hour block on Dec. 21.

The first installment from 8-9 p.m. ET earned a 1.9 primetime rating (1.5 nationally), according to Nielsen Media Research data, while the following hour, during which one of the Millionaire Mr. Howell characters drove away a new Mustang and $250,000 in cash, produced a 2.8 (2.3 nationally) mark.

The concluding hour was basic cable’s leading show for the day among adults 18 to 34 (1.28 million of those watchers), adults 18 to 49 (2.45 million) and adults 25 to 54 (2.32 million), according to Turner executives.

Some 3.83 million people 2 and over watched the finale. The earlier hour topped Spike TV’s airing of CSI among adults 18 to 49 (1.62 million) in the time slot.

Gauged against broadcast fare that night, the final hour of The Real Gilligan’s Island outperformed The Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, High School Reunion on The WB and Veronica Mars on UPN among adults 18-49, said Turner officials.

The 8 p.m. premiere of the seventh episode outperformed Fox’s Rebel Billionaire and All of Us and Eve on UPN among the aforementioned demos.

For the year, Turner officials said the series ranked as ad-supported cable’s top new reality series among adults 18 to 49 (1,99 million) and trailed only USA Network’s The 4400 with that demo for any new cable original series.

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