Survivor Palau beat Apprentice 3 by 8.8 million viewers during face-off Thursday.

Survivor Palau beat Apprentice 3 by 8.8 million viewers during face-off Thursday.
George W. Bush’s Thursday press conference pushed back Survivor Palau to 9 p.m., although the press conference itself was moved to an earlier time because of The Apprentice 3. The shift forced a showdown between the second- and third-most popular reality shows, and NBC’s The Apprentice 3 lost the battle so severely that Donald Trump may want to hide in the boardroom for a few days. Survivor had 21.2 million viewers, while The Apprentice was watched by 12.4 million viewers, a difference of nearly nine million. CBS’ show also aired in an abnormal timeslot, when CSI normally airs (although perhaps CSI’s massive audience stuck around and helped out).

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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