Dancing With the Stars, Hit Me Baby 1 More Time lead summer shows.

Ratings for the first full week of summer reality TV show two new shows leading the pack, and a few others doing pretty well. A breakdown, from Variety’s report:

  • NBC’s Hit Me Baby 1 More Time led with more viewers ages 18 to 49, but was watched by 8.9 million viewers overall and “became the top-rated summer unscripted series premiere on any net since Fox’s ‘American Juniors’ in June 2003,” Variety says.
  • ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was seen by more people, 13.48 million viewers, but trailed slightly among those ages 18 to 49, which is surprising considering it’s about ballroom dancing. The show “logged the largest overall aud for a new unscripted summer skein since ‘Survivor’ on CBS in May 2000.”
  • FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen debuted with 6.8 million viewers, and then moved up slightly to 6.98 million its second week.
  • The WB’s Beauty and the Geek, which continues tonight, debuted with 3.17 million, which Variety says means it “opened nicely” for the network.
  • Finally, smart kids didn’t attract a big audience on ABC, where The Scholar only earned 4.79 million viewers for its first episode.
Cable’s in control [Variety]

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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