Dancing 2 finale crushes the Olympics closing ceremonies, beats 20 other reality finales

Despite the fact that it was obvious that Drew would win Dancing with the Stars 2 as soon as Stacy was revealed to have come in third place, audiences stuck around, and the show easily beat the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

An average of 27.1 million viewers watched the two-hour finale, and that was “larger than that of any other reality show finale (excepting Fox’s ‘American Idol’) in nearly two years,” according to Variety.

Among those 18 to 49, the show saw “a 28% rise from last summer’s first-season finale,” and Variety says it also pulled larger 18 to 49 audiences than — get this — “the last three finales of both CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s The Apprentice as well as the last six editions of ABC’s The Bachelor and all eight finales to date of CBS’ Amazing Race.”

Basically, besides Idol, it’s the new undisputed reality TV champion.

‘Stars’ waltzes to win [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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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.