GSN put out a press release this morning citing that RuPaul-hosted Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, which premiered last Wednesday, is the network's second most-watched series premiere based on L+3 ratings (DVR ratings).
The most-watched GSN series premiere was American Bible Challenge in 2012, which drew 1.73 million viewers for its primetime premiere (not including any reruns or DVR ratings).
The GSN press release also highlights Skin Wars: Fresh Paint as the highest-rated competitive reality series premiere in the key demos of W18-49 and W25-54. Obviously Skin Wars is GSN's most successful reality series unlike prior attempts with Chuck Woolery (Naturally Stoned), Carnie Wilson (Unstapled) and Family Trade.
Last Wednesday's Skin Wars: Fresh Paint premiere received 619,000 total viewers and 219,000 18-49 viewers. The 2014 Skin Wars series premiere topped Skin Wars: Fresh Paint in 18-49 and total viewers with 697,000 total viewers and 252,000 18-49 viewers. With the below press release, it is obvious Skin Wars: Fresh Paint had many more DVR viewers than Skin Wars did.
Here is the full press release:
GSN’S “SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT” DELIVERS NETWORK’S HIGHEST COMPETITIVE REALITY SERIES PREMIERE EVER AMONG KEY FEMALE DEMOS
Second-Most Watched Series Premiere In Network History
GSN’s debut of SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT last Wednesday (June 15), became the network’s highest-rated competitive reality series premiere in the key demos W18-49 and W25-54 and was also the second-most watched original series premiere in the network’s history, based on Live+3 ratings released .
SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion. The series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions (“Skin Wars,” “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” “Ask Oprah’s All Stars”), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.