Date: 2nd February 2001

A Wave Of Viewers Pours Over Temptation Island

Temptation Island Wednesday night scored its best ratings since its debut, earning an 11.5 rating and a 17 share and helping it tie with ABC for the best overall ratings of the night. According to Nielsen overnights, the show's ratings were 9 percent higher than its premiere show, drawing 18.2 million viewers. It also posted a 10.1 rating among viewers 18-49, more than the combined scores of NBC and ABC in that age group during the 9:00 p.m. hour. Reuters observed Monday that at one point in the show, host Mark Walberg's voice was clearly overdubbed as he asked the three male contestants about their "late-night dates." Reuters pointed out that the closed-caption text read "overnight dates." A Fox official, while acknowledging that Walberg's words were overdubbed, told the wire service: "The word that was dubbed was never 'overnight' date. It was 'fantasy' date or 'dream' date ... the closed captioning was absolutely incorrect."

Source: Studio Briefing