ratings: Real World is #5, Amazing Race 2 rebounds on Wednesday.

ratings: Real World is #5, Amazing Race 2 rebounds on Wednesday.
The Real World Chicago was the fifth-most watched show on basic cable last week, drawing viewers in 2.82 million homes. It was beaten by WWF Raw and two TV movies, but beat an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants by 60,000 homes. The Amazing Race 2 premiered with 22 percent fewer viewers in certain demographics than The Amazing Race did last fall. Nine million viewers watched on Monday, which, of course, is a completely different night and time than it will normally air. But with Survivor Marquesas‘ lead-in on Wednesday, it rebounded, watched by 12.5 million viewers–its “best-ever ratings for a regularly scheduled episode,” Variety reports. Survivor Marquesas did pretty well itself on a different night; although down from its Thursday night averages, it won its hour with 20.46 million viewers.

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.