The Post's Real World blog says 8.5 million people watched the show, which blogger John Wenzel claims is a strong start for a reality show, and attributes to the possibility that this season (the show's 18th) might "outstrip past seasons in terms of sexual drama and fights." If venerable alt-weekly Westword's list of the premiere's "firsts" can be believed, that's an understatement. Among them:
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• This is the first premiere episode with a three-cast-member kiss.
• This is the first premiere episode in which a cast member hooks up with more than one person.
• This is the first premiere episode in which more than one cast member hooks up with more than one person.
• This is also the first premiere episode in which a cast member has intercourse.
Westword, by the way, also has a drinking game for watching the show. Play at your own risk. (The Drunkablog no longer drinks, for obvious reasons, but he's found that he can still play drinking games by employing simple substitutes. For example, wherever a rule says "take a shot," he hits himself in the head with a nine-pound rock. Wherever it says, "chug a beer," he has the biggest guy handy punch him in the liver (or thereabouts). No fun, but no hangover either.)