The Apprentice 2
is the second season of The Apprentice
, which began on September 9, 2004 on NBC
. It featured 18 candidates, whereas the first season
only featured 16.
Three new twists were introduced to The Apprentice
this season. First, each team was unexpectedly forced to trade one member of their team for a member of the other team, resulting in a male on the female team, and a female on the male team. The traded members then became the project managers for the first task. Second, it was revealed that the project manager of the winning team would not be eligible for firing the following week.
Finally, the losing project manager could choose either two or three people to bring to the boardroom to be considered for firing. Surprisingly, the option to take three people to the boardroom was only used twice, with the first person (Ivana Ma) to bring in three people had been pressured by Trump to do so. Although this season did not match the ratings of the first and dropped out of the Top 10 Nielsen, it still performed strongly overall, ranking #11 with an average of 16.14 million viewers.
Detailed information on the candidates in this season can be found at The Apprentice 2 candidates.
<small><sup>1</sup> - In an unannounced move, Trump fired two candidates week 11. Boren was fired first.
</small><br><small>² - As planned, Trump fired two candidates week 14. Allen was fired first.