Premiere Ratings: FX's Wilfred Digs Up Record Numbers, Plus Burn Notice, Rookie Blue
There are no fleas on Wilfred. FX’s adaptation of the Aussie series debuted Thursday night to 2.6 million total viewers, 1.2 mil of which landed in the coveted 18-49 demo. That makes it the best comedy series launch in FX history.
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ABC Greenlights Mark Burnett Reality Show
After a string of smaller cable series and gigs as awards show producer, Mark Burnett is back on network TV with a big adventure competition reality series at ABC.
At first blush, the series, titled Expedition Impossible, looks very similar to CBS veteran The Amazing Race with teams of three instead of two. From Expedition Impossible‘s official description: “Teams of three will solve problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed. After ten stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.”
Burnett, who is executive producing the series with Lisa Hennessy, describes it as “an epic Indiana Jones-style experience.” He has experience in the genre with his long-running cable reality series Eco-Challenge. Burnett is retaining the rights to Expedition Impossible, with his company distributing internationally both the show and the format.
This is the second action-adventure competition reality series from big-name producers that ABC has picked up in the past month. It also ordered Take the Money and Run, from The Amazing Race team of creators/executive producers Bertram van Munster & Elise Doganieri and executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
This story was originally published by Nellie Andreeva to Deadline.com.