Even if you're no fan of reality TV, you have to admit that losing 183 pounds as Johnston did is nothing short of remarkable.
I'll be honest and admit that I have lots of reservations about weight-loss competitions, televised or otherwise.
And yet, I was impressed by Johnston's dramatic success.
Primarily, because it's a rare day when anyone loses almost half her body weight, or 48.93 percent to be exact.
First aired January 5, 2010 Eleven teams of couples—siblings or cousins or spouses or parent-child—are chosen this season, and this is the largest, sickest bunch of contestants yet seen on the show.
Show medical consultant and UCLA professor Rob Huizenga had to drag one protesting contestant off her bike when she was stricken with severe cramps."Things are going to happen." And indeed, things have.Two patients were hospitalized after collapsing during a one-mile (1.6 km) foot race for the season 8 premiere.Biggest Loser: Couples was up 2% from its January, 2009 premiere to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.It was the top adults 18-49 rated Biggest Loser premiere and tied the second best rating for a non-finale. Cherita and Victoria (the Blue Team) were both eliminated because they lost the weigh-in against the Yellow Team for the opportunity to return to the ranch.We talked about it, but between us both, we decided it would ruin what we have.” He continued of 28-year-old Ashley (who came in second place on NBC’s weight loss show by dropping 183 lbs.), “There is obviously an attraction there.The main reason I was so connected with her at first was she reminded me of a friend I lost this past year.Victoria was allowed to return to the ranch in Week 11 before being re-eliminated three weeks later.Melissa was first eliminated in Week 6 when she fell below the redline.She returned with the other eliminated contestants to try win their way back onto the ranch.She won the stair-stepping challenge and returned to the game.The Biggest Loser: Couples 3 is the ninth season of the NBC reality television series The Biggest Loser.The contestants competed to win a 0,000 prize, which was awarded to Michael Ventrella, the finalist with the highest percentage of weight lost. After six episodes, The Biggest Loser went on hiatus and returned after the 2010 Winter Olympics on March 2, 2010. The season premiered on NBC on January 5, 2010 and tallied its best premiere rating ever, powering NBC to the adults 18-49 ratings win for that night.(Johnston lost season 9 to Michael Ventrella, who lost 50.19 percent.