As coronavirus continues to shut down much of global life, there isn’t a lot of news from the world of fake history, space aliens, and other imaginary things. The real virus commands much more attention than fictitious threats. So, today I am going to devote some of my time to making progress on revising the chapters for my upcoming book on pyramid legends. I’m not sure what will happen when the deadline hits since the publisher currently has its offices closed and the staff are working remotely, though not consistently. In the meantime, here are the latest ratings figures for Rob Riggle: Global Investigator and Ancient Aliens in a week when people are stuck inside and watching more TV.
Ancient Aliens rose slightly to 1.03 million viewers, but its share of younger viewers continues to remain low. Ancient Aliens is now only the fiftieth most watched show on Saturday in the coveted 18-49 demographic, behind even HGTV’s prime time decorating shows, which one wouldn’t expect to be a huge draw for young adults. Bizarrely enough, William Shatner’s The UnXplained attracted 1.07 million viewers but cleaned the clock of Ancient Aliens among viewers 18-49, making it the thirty-third most-watched show on Saturday for that demographic. I wonder who those few thousand young adults are who tune in just for Shatner.
Meanwhile, Rob Riggle: Global Investigator actually lost ratings during this week of increased TV viewing. His viewer haul fell to just 523,000, losing almost 50% of the audience for his lead in, Naked and Afraid. His only saving grace is that he attracted almost exactly the same number of adults 18-49 as Ancient Aliens, so his show eked out sixty-sixth place on their strength, despite his miniscule overall viewer total. The audience has spoken: They hate his half-assed, unfunny pseudo-history show.
On Tuesday, Curse of Oak Island continued to dominate the fringe history ratings, with 3.5 million viewers. It remains cable’s number-one nonfiction series, and it drew a massive number of young adult viewers. Last week, Expedition Unknown clocked in with 1.2 million. Its spinoff Expedition X scored 1.19 million, and the after-show, After the Hunt, had 815,000 viewers. All three Expedition Unknown shows attracted more young adult viewers than either Ancient Aliens or Rob Riggle.
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