FOX will stick with low-rated Rebel Billionaire; Australia might do a version.

FOX will stick with low-rated Rebel Billionaire; Australia might do a version.
In the US, Richard Branson’s FOX series The Rebel Billionaire isn’t quite reaching epic heights; it’s getting roughly the same ratings as The Benefactor did. Worse, since its debut, it “has declined nearly 20 percent in average audience” through last week’s episode, Reuters reports. It places fifth in its time slot and is the 91st among all shows. FOX won’t bail on the series, though: a FOX spokesman says, “It’s going to remain on the air. Creatively, we’re extremely pleased with the show. And we hope the audience will find it.” Other people who are pleased with the show are Australians. It debuted there “Monday night, and although hardly a mega hit with 748,000 viewers, the first showing topped both The Apprentice’s debut in Australia on Nine (701,000) and the current number of 670,000,” the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Plus, Virgin Australia’s PR director says, “I think we’ll do an Australian one. Australians are well up for it.”

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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