So the barbecue competitors’ websites are abuzz with tons of negative feedback on the TV show I appeared on with my teammates Bigmista and Sylvie. Tons of gripes about how unrealistic and contrived this contest format is.
Granted, this is a made-for-TV game show, not a real world contest. If it served to make the American public aware that there are things called BBQ contests, and that real people like my teammates compete in them, then I’m all for the PR good deed we took part in. We had a ton of fun, made new friends and that’s what matters most to me.
But it’s not apparent how well the audience received it outside the fishbowl of the BBQ community. In Nielsen-rated teevee land, it apparently scored well.
TLC’s summer of premieres, dubbed TLC Summer*, garnered more original new and returning hit** series vs. the competition with 17 averaging 1.1M P2+ or more!
Whatever the hell those numbers mean, we (yes, I feel a sense of ownership in the TV show), were beaten by other TLC shows Little People, Big World and LA Ink, but we kicked the living crap out of Hoarding: Buried Alive and Mall Cops: Mall of America. Which means we might see a season 3 of BBQ Pitmasters before Mall Cops: Asian Garden Mall.
But I don’t really know anything about the working the TV business, so don’t quote me on that.