MTV’s Jersey Shore continues its dominance with another week atop the prime time ratings. An estimated 881,000 viewers watched the August 18th episode from Italy with a 4.4 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.
The New York Jets preseason game on WCBS/Channel 2 finished second for the week (744,000/3.7).
America’s Got Talent held down the third slot on WNBC (563,000/2.8). It tied with True Blood on HBO (558,000/2.8) and an August 18th New York Yankees game on WWOR/Channel 9 (557,000/2.8).
Talent also had a tenth-place finish for the week (484,000/2.4).
The Yankees grabbed sixth and seventh place (tie) for games on WWOR and the YES Network, averaging 518,000 viewers and a 2.6 rating.
Russell Armstrong was found dead Monday evening at his home on Mulholland Drive. The cause of death was hanging, and is being treated as a suicide.
The 47-year-old venture capitalist was the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong, star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The dissolution of their marriage is said to be a central plot point in the upcoming season of the show. The couple have a 5-year-old daughter.
In July, shortly after the couple filed for divorce, Russell told People magazine, “This show has literally pushed us to the limit.” Russell Armstrong’s suicide will likely stir debate about the ethics of putting the personal lives of emotionally unstable individuals in the national spotlight.
As we meander through the summer, viewership is typically altered. But 60 Minutes had no problems grabbing ratings. The venerable newsmagazine was number one, according to the Nielsen Company. The broadcast had 751,000 WCBS/Channel 2 viewers with a 3.7 rating.
Last night, on Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live, Simon van Kempen, husband of The Real Housewives of New York City’s Alex McCord, performed his single I Am Real, and it is a real treat.
Van Kempen, dressed in a skin tight t-shirt and purple sparkly pants, belts out introspective lyrics like “You know I do my best, I dress up to impress, but she’s causing me stress, in her cocktail dress.” He also taps one foot and boldly swings his arm around at odd times, as if he is challenging viewers to oppose his stance that he is, in fact, “real.”
If you’re ready for something truly spectacular, please watch this clip.
Bravo Media announced yesterday the promotion of Ryan Pinette to vice president of production and operations. He’d previously been director of production and operations.
Pinette has been with Bravo for five years and worked on virtually all of the network’s top shows, including Top Chef, Project Runway, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and The Real Housewives franchise.
Congrats and keep up the good work sir! Oooh, except for the whole Real Housewives thing. No offense, but we could probably do without that one.
On Wednesday, February 16th, Bravo will air The Approval Matrix, a version of New York magazine’s great recurring feature. The 30-minute show will be hosted by Faith Salie, who will lead three panelists and celebrity guests through a discussion of what’s hot or not in the pop culture world for that week.
The Approval Matrix show will also be horrible, because things that are good in one way are very often not good in another. Think about it. Shaq the basketball player was (yes, was) good. Shaq the actor, not so much. The A-team TV show was fantastic, The A-Team movie was garbage.
Anyway, you get the point. But feel free to check the show out, we just wanted to warn you first.
Tonight at 11 PM EST on Bravo, Love Calling, the dating advice show starring Donny Deutsch debuts. Deutsch will take questions from inquiring minds via Twitter, Facebook, videochat and phone calls. What makes Deutsch qualified to dole out advice to women about the ins and outs of love? Nothing! But he’s famous, so there you have it.
In an effort to always give FishbowlNY readers the inside scoop, below are three of the best questions that were asked of Deutsch during the show’s test runs, prior to tonight’s first episode.
I’m dating a guy only because his dad gave him an ad agency, so he’s got lots of money. He should pay for my Invisaligns, right?
My man loves taking his shirt off, no matter where we are. I like it, but my family got upset when he did it during Christmas dinner. What should I do?
Is it true that guys sometimes act egotistical to hide their small… Shoe size?
Millions of people tune in to Bravo for hits like Top Chef, The Rachel Zoe Project, and Kell on Earth, but one glimpse of the network’s viewer mail shows it’s not all love in these parts.
So, we couldn’t let senior VP of original programming and development Andy Cohen leave our Media Beat studio without answering some tough questions: How real are your reality shows anyway? Why is Atlanta the only Housewives series with women of color? And was Bravo behind that whole Salahi White House crashing fiasco?
Cohen reveals all. Just watch… what happens, of course.
Reality competitions have long paired with magazines: “Project Runway” first allied itself with Elle and then Marie Claire, “America’s Next Top Model” has Seventeen, and “Top Chef” has a partnership with Food & Wine.
So it comes as no surprise that Bravo‘s latest fashion reality show — an attempt to replace “Project Runway” which moved to Lifetime this year — has paired with a magazine. But the show, “Launch My Line,” has curiously launched a partnership with shopping magazine Lucky, not a traditional fashion magazines like Elle.
The show pairs ten contestants who “have always envisioned having their own clothing line” with ten established fashion designers who help them put together their dream line. The winner of the show will get an editorial showcase in Lucky and their premier collection will be sold on online boutique Rue La La, the exclusive retail partner of “Launch My Line.” The focus on shopping, with Lucky and Rue La La, makes us think this show is trying to distance itself from its couture-focused kin like “Runway.”
We understand the thinking behind the magazine-reality show partnerships. What do you think of this one?
Video: Chef, restaurateur and iVillage Food contributor Donatella Arpaia prepares her quick Sunday ragu at the launch party for iVillage.com/food
Last night at the Culinary Loft in SoHo, iVillage celebrated the launch of its newly revamped food destination, iVillage.com/food, with basil-limoncello cocktails, Web site demos, and a veritable Italian feast prepared by New York restaurant fixture and iVillage contributor Donatella Arpaia.
On the heels of September’s entertainment site relaunch, which Lauren Zalaznick, president of NBC Universal‘s Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, says spurred a spike in page views, membership, and message board activity, iVillage hopes to recreate that success with its latest makeover in the Food category.
“Almost three-fourths of all women who are on the Web rely on the Internet for meal planning and healthy eating,” said Zalaznick. “If we fill that gap… that’s how iVillage is going to win.”
Christina Bender, director of product development for iVillage, acknowledged, “We know competition’s stiff,” citing FoodNetwork.com, Delish.com, and MarthaStewartLiving.com as rivals. Bender said the new site’s secret weapon will be to “uncover what women are already saying” in the vibrant iVillage community of 20 million unique monthly visitors, bolstered by their unique access to NBC Universal’s “premier content,” which includes Bravo‘s explosively popular “Top Chef” brand.
“This is a community-centric site, not a user-generated site,” Zalaznick said. It’s “a big, rollicking portal that behaves like a series of niches.”
“You have to be able to adapt and keep up with the way women use media,” said chief content officer Angela Matusik, who says the revamp is meant to “modernize the message board” with new tools and ways to contribute to the conversation. Next up to go under the knife? The Astrology channel, followed by Health, Beauty and Family. And stay tuned, Matusik added, for a new iVillage social media community platform set to launch sometime in 2010.
Read on for a breakdown of the site’s features and fabulous food photos: