nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.

nine of top 20 shows were reality; Idol helps FOX come in second for the season.
This past TV season, the top shows “among adults 18-49, a stunning nine programs were reality shows,” Variety reports. Even better, reality TV shows were the “top-rated show in the key demo for ABC (The Bachelor), NBC (The Apprentice, tied with “Friends”), Fox (American Idol) and UPN (America’s Next Top Model).” Overall for the season, NBC came in first, but FOX will place a close second among adults 18 to 49, mostly because of the sixteen million hours of American Idol 3 that it ran this year. FOX president Gail Berman says the network is “closer to No. 1 than at any other time in the history of our network.”

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.

about the writer

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.