reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.

reality TV show ratings down; some shows won’t return for second seasons.
Big Brother 2‘s ratings may have been outstanding, but as Variety reports, other new shows aren’t doing so well. The Mole 2‘s debut finished in fourth place in its time slot on Friday and The Amazing Race has lost viewers since its debut. Also, Lost‘s Wednesday finale for its first story arc may be the show’s final episode; the network will probably shelve the next three episodes. Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports in their Oct. 5 issue that FOX’s Murder in Small Town X and Boot Camp both won’t return for second seasons, although Big Brother 3 is being considered, and NBC’s Fear Factor will definitely be back. What does it mean? Executives interviewed by Variety disagree; one possiblity is that the schedule is just oversaturated, spreading audiences too thin.

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.