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“THE CHALLENGE: RIVALS” FINALE DELIVERS ITS HIGHEST RATINGS IN SIX SEASONS
MTV Has Picked-up A 22nd Cycle of the Show, Which Was Wednesday’s #1 Original Cable Series This Season
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (August 24, 2011)—The finale of MTV’s “The Challenge: Rivals” delivered its best ratings in six seasons with a season-high 2.4 P12-34 rating and 2.4 million total viewers, up 71% from last season’s finale. The series was Wednesday’s #1 original cable series this season, and the highest-rated season in four cycles, since 2009. In addition, the finale was the #1 original cable telecast among P12-34, and #1 in its timeslot across all TV among P12-34.
On the heels of “The Challenge: Rivals” huge finale, MTV has picked up a 22nd season of the show, which will debut in 2012.
“The Challenge: Rivals,” was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as executive producers. Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing the series.
Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD P12-34 coverage ratings. “The Challenge: Rivals” premiere telecasts (6/22/11-08/24/11). Highest-rated telecast since “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III” season finale (3/19/08; 2.7 rating). Highest-rated season since “The Duel II” (4/08/09-6/10/09; 1.7 rating). Time period rank based on P12-34 impressions.
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