Apprentice debut’s ratings the lowest ever for Trump’s franchise

Bad news about Martha’s ratings were followed by bad news about Donald Trump’s fourth Apprentice. The debut was watched by 9.9 million viewers, roughly 6 million fewer than watched the third-season debut. At the same time, 30 million people were watching CSI.

That’s a little more than 4 million fewer than watched the second season debut last fall, which is a drop of 37 percent, according to TV Week.

The Hollywood Reporter has a tiny bit of good news for Trump, and it came after 9:30: “viewership did pick up some in its second half-hour (climbing from 9 million viewers at the start to 10.6 million from 9:30-10 p.m.).”

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UPN upsets Fox, NBC as everybody loves ‘Chris’
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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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