More than 7 million people tuned in Tuesday to see real-life castaways get shipwrecked on TBS reality show “The Real Gilligan’s Island.”
Mike Fleiss-produced skein got off to a stellar start, grabbing 4 million total viewers for the 8 p.m. premiere episode, with an additional 3.2 million showing up for encore airings at 10 p.m. on TNT and 11 p.m. on TBS.
Show marks the first breakthrough original TBS has launched since it repositioned itself as a comedy cabler earlier this year. Preem numbers eclipse TBS’ first two attempts at original reality — “He’s a Lady” (1.7 mil) and “Outback Jack” (2.1 mil).
“The Real Gilligan’s Island” bested 8 p.m. programming on Fox and UPN in adults 18-49 (1.9 national rating/5 share, 2.7 mil) and led all ad-supported cable in key demos and total viewers in the time period. Premiere also outperformed all broadcast webs but CBS in men 18-49.
Second episode at 9 p.m. delivered a big 3.7 million, losing just a fraction of the first hour’s aud. Showing topped all cable competition among 18-49 and 25-54.
“The Real Gilligan’s Island” pits two sets of castaways — pairs of real-life Gilligans, Skippers, Millionaires, etc. — against each other on an island in a series of “Survivor”-style challenges. When the group is narrowed down to a final cast of seven, those left standing will be forced to find a way off the island.
Fleiss (“The Bachelor”) exec producers with “Gilligan” creator Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J. Schwartz.
Skein airs Tuesday and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.