Italy’s Big Brother, Grande Fratello, is Europe’s most popular version of the show.

Italy’s Big Brother, Grande Fratello, is Europe’s most popular version of the show.
With more than one-sixth of Italy’s population tuning in to Grande Fratello, the nation’s version of Big Brother, the show is the most popular incarnation in Europe. According to Time magazine, production company Endemol says that “only Spain–another Latin country–has ratings that are close to those in Italy.” How popular is it? Earlier this year, the show had “a weekly share of 34% over three months, and more than 11 million viewers (in a country of 58 million) tuning in for May’s final episode.” Unlike other gimmicky versions of the show, producers in Italy rely on “people who are bound to babble.”

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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