TV ratings: 'Expedition Impossible' has OK start Thursday, 'Rookie Blue' down

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 23, 2011The premiere of ABC's "Expedition Impossible" pulled in decent, but not spectacular, ratings on Thursday, helping ABC grab the top spot among adults 18-49 for the night. "Rookie Blue," however, began its second season below its premiere last summer.CBS led the night in viewers with 7.4 million and a 4.8 rating/8 share in households. ABC (6.8 million, 3.9/7) finished second, 2 million viewers ahead of FOX (4.8 million, 3.0/5). NBC's 2.2 million viewers and 1.4/2 was good enough for fourth, while The CW trailed with a little over 900,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.ABC was the only network to break the 2.0 barrier in the 18-49 demographic, finishing with a 2.1. FOX took second with a 1.5, edging CBS' 1.4. NBC averaged 0.8 in the demo and The CW 0.4....

'Expedition Impossible' Explores Morocco, Sends Home Its First Team (VIDEO)

To succeed in a team-based competition like the new reality series 'Expedition Impossible' (Thu., 9PM ET on ABC), you must work together. Teamwork is key, and with three people on each group in this show, it's even more important to make sure everyone is working together and toward the same goals. While it's normal for stress and exhaustion to cause friction as the series progresses, the team called Latin Persuasion were bickering almost from the moment the competition began. Even when they fell into last place, they kept at it. During a challenge where they had to find water in the Moroccan desert using the traditional methods of the local people, Raven Garcia finally laid into Mai Reyes for doing a lot of standing around so far in the game and not much else.

Behind the Scenes: Expedition Impossible's Moroccan Adventure

"Let's run to the top of that dune!" yells animal trainer and Expedition Impossible host Dave Salmoni as he guides me to the top of a Saharan sand dune in the southeastern part of Morocco. We're overlooking caravans of camels crossing the horizon against the setting sun. "You've got a friend coming over to say hi," he says, glancing at the dune beetles surrounding our serene ridge — and getting a little too close for comfort. "You've got a beetle-buddy right on your ass!" Salmoni says, laughing. "He wants your shade." It's the evening before the newest reality competition...

Interview: EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE’s Executive Producer Mark Burnett

ABC is launching a brand new reality series tonight, June 23, called  EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE , in which 13 teams of three are racing in an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled kingdom of Morocco for a chance to win  $150,000 ($50,000 each) as well a new Ford Explorer  each. Executive Producer Mark Burnett recently took some time to discuss the show, which premieres at 9pm on ABC. Read More...

'Expedition Impossible': Watch the First 15 Minutes of ABC's New Reality Competition

'Expedition Impossible,' Mark Burnett's latest reality show, follows teams racing against each other as they trek through Morocco. ABC posted 15 minutes of the premiere online today, and the show seems kind of like 'The Amazing Race' meets an Iron Man challenge during a desert season of 'Survivor.' Which is to say it looks interesting, though not entirely original. There are plenty of reality TV tropes to be found -- there's the redneck team, the spicy latina team, the ex-NFL players who talk exclusively in football metaphors, the guy overcoming adversity, the excruciatingly long pauses before critical moments -- but all in all, it looks like a fun show for the summer. That said, if it were ever up against 'TAR,' Phil Keoghan would win every time.