During my daily ‘look for work’ exercise, I was taking stock of my ‘background and experience’ and ran across an article a former colleague who mentioned we only had 16 million viewers which was less than I recalled (having set a record for both the premiere and the finale, two of over 18 episodes which I labored over for five seasons of that show), caused me to google The Apprentice and, as I suspected, our ‘little show’ got more than 19 million ‘eyeballs’ during its heyday.
So, I should be able to do it again, right?
The Apprentice 1 is the first season of The Apprentice, which aired on NBC in the winter and spring of 2004. It is currently available on DVD. It featured 16 candidates.
The first season was a ratings smash, ranking at #7 in the average weekly Nielsen Rankings, with an average viewership of 20.7 million viewers each week. The final episode of the season was seen by an estimated 28.05 million viewers and ranked as the #1 show of the week, beating out a new episode of CSI. It was the most popular new show of 2004.