MTV's 'Real World: D.C.' takes in 1.9 million viewers in its debut

By Lisa de Moraes
Friday, January 1, 2010; C04

MTV suits broke out the champagne and celebrated on New Year's Eve when they learned that about 1.9 million people had watched the unveiling of "The Real World: D.C." on Wednesday night -- one of the aged franchise's less impressive starts but a goodish bit better than last June, when "Real World" went to Cancun and opened with its tiniest audience ever, 1.4 million.

(Well, at least the suits would have celebrated, had they known the numbers were coming out Thursday afternoon. An MTV rep told us the ratings wouldn't be out until Monday, then put on her coat and headed out the door.)

But we can just picture the execs clapping their little hands with glee when they finally learn -- four days later -- that they have already made the dream of at least one of this edition's Real Worlders come true.

Mike, the hunky hottie from Thornton, Colo., announced in the very first episode that he is bisexual and explained later in the hour that he'd made the on-camera revelation because "I don't like to tell a lot of people."

He didn't.

Thankfully, Mike is too young to have participated in, say, the show's 16th edition, "The Real World: Austin," when his revelation would have been heard by nearly 4 million people. Ditto the 14th, 11th, 9th editions -- or the 8th, when "Real World" went to Hawaii and Mike was just 12 years old.

And thankfully, Mike had the good sense not to discuss his sexual history on the repeat episode of "CSI: NY" that CBS aired in the "Real World" time slot Wednesday night. More 18-to-34-year-old chicks would have gotten the APB on Mike's sexuality on that rerun than did on the unveiling of "RW:DC."

To be perfectly accurate, what Mike said was, "My number is probably 15 girls and five guys." He did so as the eight newly introduced roomies got to know one another better by detailing their sexual exploits while dining at a chain restaurant near the Dupont Circle Victorian horror, tricked out as a Chuck E. Cheese play area, in which this fresh crop of cartoon characters shacked up during the filming of their stab at "Real World" celebrity.

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