FX’s Black. White. is hemorrhaging viewers

After debuting with record-tying ratings three weeks ago, FX’s Black. White. has actually lost more than 2.5 million viewers.

The show debuted with “close to 4 million total viewers three weeks ago, [but] ‘Black.White.’ last week drew just 1.45 million viewers, down 64 percent,” Media Life Magazine reports. “Its slide among 18-49s was even more dramatic. Its debut drew 2.76 million viewers in the demo, but by last week it was down to 921,000, a falloff of 67 percent.”

As Media Life says, the show is “turning out not to be particularly audience-sustaining.” That may be because of claims that the show isn’t honest with its portrayals. Or, as Robert Thompson suggests, “Maybe it’s a little too thought-provoking for the kind of audience that go to reality TV.”

‘Black. White.,’ and way down all over [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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