Beauty and the Geek renewed; 30 Days, Hell’s Kitchen move up while Hit Me falls

The WB’s unlikely hit, Beauty and the Geek, will return for a second season. Last week, it led all other WB shows with 4.5 million viewers. Ugly smart guys and hot dumb girls, get your applications ready for when they start casting.

In other ratings news, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, which is my favorite show so far this summer, “is starting to show some fire,” according to E!. It was the 22nd most popular show last week with 7.5 million viewers. My other favorite summer reality offering is FX’s 30 Days, which kicked off strong for FX. The debut was watched by 1.7 million–big numbers for FX.

While Dancing with the Stars continues to dominate the summer–15.7 million watched the top-rated show last week–NBC’s Hit Me Baby One More Time is falling faster than the careers of the former hitmakers who appear on the show. Six million watched, which made it NBC’s most popular show, but it dropped to 37th place overall.

Revenge of the “Geek” [E!]

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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