Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.

Desperate Housewives beats Survivor finale, but CBS beats ABC with Survivor.
In the epic showdown of drama versus reality, Survivor Vanuatu lost. And won. So everyone wins. But of course, we’re prepared for an onslaught of reality is dead stories. Broadcasting and Cable’s particularly schizophrenic report is titled “Survivor Beats Housewives,” but in its fourth paragraph, says, “Desperate Housewives won its time period and was the highest-rated show on the night with a 9.3/20 to a 7.9/17 for the final hour of the Survivor finale (the 10-11 Survivor was a reunion show). But ABC’s other shows were not strong enough to woo viewers carrying a torch for CBS.” During its hour, Desperate Housewives was watched by 22.2 million viewers, while Survivor Vanuatu had “19.7 million viewers overall,” according to Variety. That’s slightly up from an average this season of 19.6 million. The reunion was watched by 16.2 million.

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.