'Amish in the City' Scores Big For UPNBy Michelle
July 30, 2004 - 8:11 PM
Amish in the City scored excellent ratings for UPN during its premiere, trailing only FOX for the night among adult viewers and bringing in the best Wednesday night ratings in almost three years.
Zap2It reported that despite - or perhaps because of - the controversy surrounding the show about young Amish men and women sharing a house with five urban youths, about 5.4 million viewers tuned in to the show's two-hour debut, earning the network's best total audience for a Wednesday since November 2001, and the highest numbers among women 18-34, women 18-49 and female teens since the series premiere of Star Trek: Enterprise.
Amish in the City brought in a 2.3 rating among adults 18-34 and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. This total audience is more than twice the average Wednesday night viewership for UPN this summer.
TV Barn noted that UPN ranked first from 8-10 p.m. among adults 25-54, tied with CBS and FOX, and women 25-54, tied with CBS. The series did particularly well in urban markets, where the real-life stories of five Amish youth on rumspringa - a time when they leave the church to explore the world beyond - earned largely favorable reviews.
The premiere episode of Amish in the City will be rebroadcast on Friday, July 30th from 8-10 p.m. After that date, Star Trek: Enterprise will move into its new time slot on Friday nights at 8 p.m.