43.5 million watched Survivor 2.

43.5 million watched Survivor 2.
The numbers are in, and Survivor 2‘s ratings kicked ass while the Super Bowl fell flat. The reality TV show attracted just under the number of people (51 million) that watched the final episode last season. (New York Times story requires free registration.)

>Inside.com reported that early ratings showed that the Super Bowl had its lowest ratings in nine years, but Survivor 2 pulled in a terrific 25.6/38 share. That’s “the second-highest score for a post-Super Bowl entertainment program since the premiere of The A-Team,” according to Inside. And as final numbers come in, the show’s numbers could get a lot higher.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.