Ratings for Dancing with the Stars 2 up from first season’s debut

The second season of ABC’s hit summer series had a successful debut on Thursday. Dancing with the Stars 2 was watched by 17.46 million viewers, up significantly from its summer debut.

Among viewers 18 to 49, Variety reports that the show had “a significant 118% gain from what the net [ABC] has averaged from 8 to 10 this season (2.2/6 in 18-49) — and up 9% from its” debut last summer. The show won at 8, beating a CSI repeat, “and was in a virtual tie with NBC’s comedies for second in 18-49 at 9,” Variety says.

While NBC’s new block of the brilliant comedies My Name is Earl and The Office at 9 p.m. were watched by more people than they were on Tuesdays, they also did not do as well as The Apprentice did late last year in the same time slot, despite Trump’s falling ratings. “NBC averaged fewer viewers … (10 million) than it had with The Apprentice (11 million),” E! Online reports.

ABC, NBC bows wow [Variety]
“Dancing” Machine Still Works [E! Online]

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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