American Idol beats Olympic skating as Survivor has its lowest-rated night ever

Last night, the showdown on the major networks led to a victory for FOX’s behemoth American Idol 5, which was watched by 23.5 million viewers. The Olympic figure skating competition, by comparison, was watched by 17.7 million people.

Both of the other reality shows airing at the same time, Survivor Panama and Dancing with the Stars, were watched by 14.8 million viewers each. As a result, “the three unscripted series all delivered their lowest scores of the season in the 8 o’clock hour,” according to Variety.

While Dancing averaged 17.7 million viewers over its entire two hours, Survivor only aired directly opposite Idol, and thus there was bad news: last night’s episode had “the smallest audience ever for an original episode of the long-running game,” the AP reports.

‘Idol,’ Olympics top Thursday [Variety]
‘American Idol’ skates circles around Olympics [AP]

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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