Osbournes Ends Well


MTV: Music Television's The Osbournes
finished its second season with a solid, but not overwhelming performance.

The Aug. 19 season-ending episode of the reality series earned a 2.8 household rating, slightly below the 3.2 mark the show garnered June 10 when it re-launched with 10 new shows from its 20-episode sophomore season, according to Nielsen Media Research.

After averaging a 3.4 household rating for the first 14 episodes, The Osbournes
only mustered a 2.4 rating over its last six episodes – although the show consistently ranked among the top shows with adults 18 to 34.

MTV has already announced it will bring back heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his quirky family for a third season, with the show set to debut in early 2004.

MTV's other Tuesday night reality series, Real World,
generated a 2.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

Both shows fared better than Bravo's highly touted, gay-themed reality shows Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
and Boy Meets Boy. Queer Eye, which will gain some added exposure on broadcast network NBC tomorrow night (Aug. 14), pulled a 2.1 rating, down from last week's 2.4 mark. Boy Meets Boy, in which several men – both gay and straight – compete for the affections of a gay man — fell to a 1.1 rating, down from its July 29 1.4 rating debut.

Despite the slight declines, Bravo president Jeff Gaspin said the network is still experiencing huge rating and viewership increases with the two shows. "We're still thrilled with the ratings," he said. "There's still opportunities for major growth."

FX's Nip/Tuck
continued to slice a significant piece of the Tuesday night ratings pie, averaging a 2.9 HH rating, trailing only Turner Network Television's Law And Order
(3.4 rating) for the evening's top performance honors.

Comedy Central and Discovery Channel also made ratings noise last week with respective Aug. 10 specials.

Comedy Central's Roast of Denis Leary
generated a 2.6 household rating and drew 3.25 million viewers, making it the most watched of the network's six "roast" specials.

Discovery's Shark Bite
– the first installment of its annual "Shark Week" programming stunt — posted a 2.3 rating. The special featured first-ever underwater footage of a bull-shark bite and attracted more than 2 million viewers 25 to 54 and more than 3.2 million viewers 2-plus.