MTV GREENLIGHTS ANOTHER CYCLE OF ITS HIT COMPETITION SERIES "THE CHALLENGE" SET TO START PRODUCTION THIS FALL
New Season Slated to Air in 2014
Season Finale of "The Challenge: Rivals II" Up 54% vs. Last Season Finale with a Strong 2.0 P12-34 Rating (Live +3)
New York, NY (October 3, 2013) - On the heels of a stellar season of "The Challenge: Rivals II," MTV today announced that the hit competition series will start production this Fall, for its 25th season of the franchise, in an undisclosed location. Past locales have included Thailand, Brazil, Dominican Republic and more. The new season is slated to air in 2014. "The Challenge: Rivals II" pitted enemy alongside enemy and asked the question: what do you care about more - old grudges or big money? While some rivalries were years in the making, others were just boiling to the surface.
With a first time win for fan favorite CT, the finale was up 54 percent from last season's "The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons" finale, drawing in a strong 2.0 P12-34 rating and 2.2 million total viewers. The overall season ratings were up 27 percent vs. the previous year, averaging a 1.9 P12-34 rating and 2.1 million total viewers. Additionally, accounting for the audience's shifting viewing habits (Live+SD vs. Live+3), the average ratings for the season increased 36 percent (1.4 Live+SD vs. 1.9 Live+3 among P12-34).
To catch up on past episodes of "The Challenge: Rivals II," visit mtv.com.
"The Challenge: Rivals II," was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Scott Freeman and Justin Booth serve as Executive Producers. Jacquelyn French is the MTV Executive in charge of production.
Source: Nielsen. P12-34. Live+3 unless noted.
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About Bunim/Murray Productions:
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (29 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray's programming includes Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.