Survivor gaining teenagers as it loses older viewers

Survivor Panama is losing popularity with old people (those fogies ages 18 to 49), but it’s gaining teenage viewers.

This season “is the most-watched among 12-17s in the past four editions of the show,” Media Life reports. Among male teenagers, the show has grown 48 percent, while increasing female teenage viewers by 29 percent. That’s compared to a 13 percent drop among people 18 to 49 from last spring’s Survivor Palau.

Why is this happening? Media Life says that “CBS is clearly benefiting from Fox’s decision to move” its drama The OC an hour later on Thursday nights. But I’d bet that even if they were up against one another, it’d still be happening, because The OC has reached an unrivaled level of suckitude this season, as it plunged from being hip and fun to being cliched and boring. Plus, there’s a lot more flesh on Survivor, whose competitors are basically half-naked for the entire show, not for a few seconds on occasion, and last Thursday, they all wrestled in the sand. Let’s see Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson do that.

Island aloha: Teens return to ‘Survivor’ [Media Life Magazine]

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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