American Inventor debut draws 14.2 million viewers, gives ABC a win among 18- to 49-year-olds

The first two-hour episode of American Inventor may have been slow, but it pulled in record audiences for ABC. Of course, it’s ABC, so the records aren’t exactly that spectacular, but the show gave ABC “its first in-season primetime ratings victory on the night (excluding sports) in more than three years,” Variety reports.

The debut averaged 14.2 million viewers, but among 18- to 49-year-olds, the news was much better: Simon Cowell’s latest series “gave ABC its strongest 18-49 delivery with series programming in the time period since November 2000.” ABC won the evening in that age group.

The next episode airs next Thursday at 9; it will only be a one-hour episode.

Auds flock to ‘Inventor’ [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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