sixth Amazing Race has strongest debut since the series’ first season three years ago.

sixth Amazing Race has strongest debut since the series’ first season three years ago.
Whether or not The Amazing Race 6 would be able to keep up the momentum that the series gained over the summer was the big question. Was it a smart move for CBS to hold the sixth season until sweeps and air it on a weeknight? Its two-hour debut Tuesday evening answered that question definitively: yes. 11.8 million people watched the series, as the series “delivered the best scores for the opening segment of the series since the inaugural edition’s debut in September 2001,” Variety reports. (Still, its lead-in, NCIS, was inexplicably watched by 15.3 million viewers.) The two-hour debut “improved CBS’ time period performance with regularly scheduled programming in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour by 104 percent in adults 18 to 49, 135 percent in adults 18 to 34, 83 percent in adults 25 to 54, and by 36 percent in viewers,” according to MediaDailyNews. Clearly, reality is dead.

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.