8.7 million watched Big Brother 6 debut; “secret” pairs revealed online

The debut of CBS’ Big Brother 6 was a hit for CBS, although it didn’t do quite as well as the premiere of Big Brother 5. The 8.7 million viewers who watched were enough to help CBS win the night against all other networks. However, a “3.4 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic … was down slightly from its debut last July,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, CBS promises to reveal each houseguest’s secret partner during Thursday’s episode. But the Internet holds lots of information, and one blog has published a photograph that connects two of the houseguests. They are (highlight to read) James Rhine & Sarah Hrejsa, according to the photo posted by Withlime.net. The blog points to some unsupported speculation on another site involving the two players in the photo being partnered with other houseguests, but says “it is clear that this is not the case.”

The kids at JokersUpdates.com have also apparently discovered the other partners’ identities via their webcam watching. According to a few posts, those partners are (again, highlight to read if spoilers scare you) April and Jennifer, Ashleah and Janelle, Michael and Kaysar, Sarah and James, Maggie and Eric, Beau and Ivette, and Howie and Rachel.

CBS wins Thurs. ‘Big Brother’ is watched [Hollywood Reporter]
…Secret Partners? [Withlime.net]
…ANOTHER CONFIRMED pair! [JokersUpdates.com]

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.