PASADENA, Calif. -- The emotional third episode of "The T.O. Show" on VH1 hit the series' highest national rating of the season on Monday. And that's a great sign for a reality show.
According to VH1, the 30-minute episode featuring Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens scored a season high of 1.8 million viewers and averaged a 1.1 rating in the key age 18 through 49 demographic that advertisers love.
For comparison sake, VH1 had reported the opening episode averaged 1.2 million viewers and said the second episode averaged a .8 in the 18 through 49 demographic..
Locally, Monday's episode had a 2.7 rating, which was about 20 percent lower than the second episode. However, the decline probably was inevitable because the second episode was bound to attract more viewers here because it focused heavily on Owens in Buffalo.
In the third episode, Owens returned home to Alexander City, Alabama to visit his family and give a pep talk to the football team at the high school where he played. The emotional highlights included a poignant one-on-one-meeting Owens had with his estranged father and a conversation with the grandmother who raised him and now suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
It was a very revealing episode that painted Owens in a sympathetic way that was far removed from his outlandish NFL persona.
If you watched the episode, what did you think of it?
-- Alan Pergament