Skating with Celebrities improves on Arrested Development’s ratings by 183 percent

Skating with Celebrities may be dreadfully boring, and nowhere near as intelligent or funny as the show it replaced on Mondays (Arrested Development). But in its first outing on a Monday evening, the show earned ratings that improved “some 183 percent over the 3.5 million [FOX] averaged in the slot in December,” when Arrested Development aired in that timeslot, according to Media Life.

Among viewers 18 to 49, there was “a 94 percent improvement over the 1.7 [rating] the network averaged in that slot over four Mondays in December with a combination of ‘Arrested Development’ originals and reruns, and an episode of the canceled ‘Kitchen Confidential.'”

And those numbers represent a decline. Since moving away from its post-American Idol 5 timeslot, the show has lost viewers: down from 18.7 million in its debut to 10.8 million viewers last week, and 9.9 million viewers Monday evening.

The lesson here: Cheap, creatively dry knock-offs can succeed. And people are stupid.

So way way cool: ‘Skating with celebs’ [Media Life]

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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