Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's reality TV show, "Tommy Lee Goes to College" did well with viewers in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the show was filmed. The rest of the country was sort of a different story. Tuesday night's (Aug. 16) premiere of Lee's new reality series on NBC finished third in its 8 p.m. timeslot, according to Nielsen Media Research.
"Tommy", however, increased viewership with its second episode, and did well in the demographic that matters to the networks — the advertising-friendly ages of 18 to 49.
It also bested the season finale of "I Want to Be a Hilton", which NBC aired last week in the 8-9 p.m. timeslot.
"Tommy's" premiere drew 5.2 million viewers to finish behind the CBS reality series "Big Brother 6" (8.7 million) and a repeat of Jim Belushi's sitcom "According to Jim" (ABC) with 6.4 million viewers.
CBS drama "NCIS" was the night's top show with 10 million viewers.
"Tommy's" second episode, which aired at 8:30 p.m., drew 6.1 million viewers, trailing "Big Brother 6" and ABC's repeat of Rodney Carrington's sitcom "Rodney" (6.5 million).
The follow-up episode, however, was second among 18-to-49 year olds (4 million), while the premiere was third (3.2 million). "Big Brother" topped the demo with 4.5 million viewers.
Nielsen does not break down its research geographically.
Overall, both "Tommy" episodes did better than Fox's "2005 Teen Choice Awards" (4.8 million) and a repeat of the "Gilmore Girls (2.8 million) on The WB.
They also topped last week's finale of "I Want to Be a Hilton" (3.7 million) — the NBC reality competition series hosted by Kathy Hilton.