It’s that time of year when a self-proclaimed survivalist absconds into the wilderness with the rich and famous, and no one even calls in a crisis negotiator. In the fourth season, can the Running Wild with Bear Grylls TV show still earn the kind of Nielsen ratings required to survive another year on NBC? Will Running Wild with Bear Grylls be cancelled or renewed for season five? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
An NBC reality TV series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls follows adventurer Bear Grylls — as he takes celebrities on a 48-hour journey of a lifetime — into the wildest and most remote locations the world has to offer. Celebrities featured in season four include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keri Russell, Lena Headey, Roger Federer, Uzo Aduba, Don Cheadle, Scott Eastwood, and Derek Hough.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
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For comparisons: The third season of Running Wild with Bear Grylls averaged a 1.09 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.859 million total viewers. While it was down by about 4% in the demo, compared to season two, the average total audience increased by more than 12%.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like the Running Wild with Bear Grylls TV series? Will you follow this TV series from NBC to National Geographic Channel for the fifth season?
**2/11/19 Status Update: Running Wild with Bear Grylls has been renewed for season five, which is moving to National Geographic Channel. Details here.