Growing Up Gotti gives A&E its best new series debut ever; new episodes ordered.

Growing Up Gotti gives A&E its best new series debut ever; new episodes ordered.
In its 20 years on television, A&E hasn’t had a show debut with ratings like those for Growing Up Gotti, which kicked off Monday. A grand total of “[a]bout 3.2 million viewers tuned in, making it A&E’s biggest series debut in its 20 year history,” Broadcasting and Cable points out. Additionally, “Among A&E’s core adult demo targets, 2 million adults 25-54 tuned in and 1.8 million adults 18-49″–and that 18-49 number was also a record. A&E has asked producers for five additional half-hour episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, adding to the 20 episodes already set to air. Variety’s account differs slightly, as that paper claims A&E asked for “an additional seven episodes of the skein, bringing the total first-season order to 20 segs.”

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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