In last night's live season four finale of NBC's hit weight loss series "The Biggest Loser," 41-year-old Bill Germanakos, a medical salesman from Lynbrook, NY, lost 164 lbs. and 49.1% of his body weight to claim the grand prize of $250,000 and the coveted title of "The Biggest Loser." Germanakos began the show at 334 lbs., and ended weighing just 170 lbs.
The runner-up among the final four for the prize was Julie Hadden, a stay-at-home Mom from Jacksonville, Florida, who lost 97 lbs. and 44.5 % of her body weight. She began the show weighing 218 lbs. and slimmed down to 121 lbs. All four finalists – including Germanakos, Hadden, Hollie Self (Phoenix, AZ) and Isabeau Miller (Franklin, TN) – were members of the black "underdog" team trained by Jillian Michaels.
In an exciting twist, the winner of the losers – contestants who had been eliminated from the "Biggest Loser" campus during the competition – was the grand prize winner's identical twin brother, Jim Germanakos, a 41-year-old policeman from Massapequa, NY. Jim lost 186 lbs. and 51.2 % of his body weight to claim the $100,000 prize. He began the show at 361 lbs. and ended weighing just 175 lbs.
From 9-11 p.m., the finale of THE BIGGEST LOSER 5 averaged a 4.6 rating, 13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers overall, to dominate its time period with NBC's highest 18-49 rating in this time period in more than 11 months (since January 2), according to preliminary fast affiliate-based ratings from Nielsen Media Research. In total viewers, it was NBC's biggest overall audience in the time slot in nearly four months (since August 21). BIGGEST LOSER is #1 for the time period in every key ratings category — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers. For the climactic hour of 10-11 p.m., BIGGEST LOSER beat the ABC-CBS competition combined in adults 18-49 plus adults, men and women 18-34 and other key categories.
The first reality series in which everybody "loses," "The Biggest Loser" challenges and encourages overweight participants to undergo physical makeovers, without any kind of surgery, in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Alison Sweeney is the host.
The series has become a worldwide hit airing in over 90 countries and produced in 25 countries. It has produced a New York Times best-selling book series with four titles currently and a fifth book slated to hit stands in March 2008. The show also has two #1 selling fitness DVDs, with two more DVDs available on December 18, 2007, as well as a burgeoning online lifestyle club www.thebiggestloserclub.com.
Season five of the series, "The Biggest Loser: Couples," will premiere Tuesday, January 1 (8-10 p.m. ET) with teams of two competing rather than individuals.